Ok, so where do I start? First of all this book was very well-written. Mark Haddon did a really good job writing in this young boy with autism’s point of view. I constantly had a kid’s voice in my head narrating it for me.
I am sure that some people might find Christopher a tad bit annoying because he is a kid who fails to connect many things, overreacts and has a very unique way of seeing things. He will try to find the logical aspect of everything, refusing to believe in any magic, mystery or greater power. I believe that is a part of his condition but mind me I am somewhat ignorant when it comes to autism.
While I can’t really blame Christopher for the things that annoyed me in him, because honestly I wasn’t bothered at all by the boy, I really need to take a moment and wonder who the fuck gives a knife to a kid who can’t control himself whenever someone touches him. He immediately reaches for it without thinking. Christopher has many episodes and although some might say a Swiss Army Knife won’t do much damage it still might hurt someone and put him to unnecessary trouble.
Let’s talk about his parents for a moment here. I can only imagine how hard it is to have a child with a disability or illness, but the shit you two have between each other should be kept as far away from him as possible. They were both in the wrong, but I loved to see them try to make it right for themselves and for him.