Christopher John Francis Boone can rattle off all the prime numbers up to the thousands but cannot hug his parents. Christopher John Francis Boone would win every trivia game based on world countries and their capitals but cannot understand when a person smiles at him. Christopher John Francis Boone can logically beat the prisoners dilemma puzzle but has a cheat sheet to identify facial expressions. Christopher John Francis Boone is autistic. Christopher John Francis Boone does not process below face value, a statement, to him, is a true statement, even if meant by the speaker in jest. Christopher John Francis Boone calmly explains that he cannot tell a lie and that simile and metaphor make no sense because if one wishes to say that a cloud is like a cotton ball then they should just say so rather than making a simile. Christopher John Francis Boone is unable to feel emotions but relates well to animals. His story is a bitter sweet, minor mystery morphed into self discovery.
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. Mark Haddon excelled at writing from a non-communicative persons perspective. This book made me laugh, although Christopher John Francis Boone did tell the reader that this would not be a funny book because he cannot tell jokes. This book made me sad, at times as well, the hand fan to communicate a relationship with his parents was touching. This book was thought provoking, and had me trying to wrap my own head around being completely unable to understand or feel emotions. Compelling. Ingenius. Hugely enjoyable. A must read.
Adventure...one part stupidty plus two parts perseverence....yeah, that's me!