Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: When Mr. Dog Bites

When Mr. Dog Bites
When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dylan Mint has issues. It isn’t enough that at sixteen years old, he is still a virgin, he also has Tourette’s. He is constantly trying to control his swearing, the tics and what he calls “Mr. Dog.” During what Dylan thought was a routine doctor’s appointment; he overhears his mother and a doctor talking. Dylan learns that he is going to die in March and they are planning to keep it from him. In order to go out in style, Dylan sets three goals and goes after them with all his energy.

When Mr. Dog Bites includes all the thoughts and feelings that go through most sixteen year old boys, yet these thoughts are also random and spiral in nature due to Tourette’s. Conaghan was able to capture the essence of this disorder without demeaning the character. Readers will enjoy this book even if they don’t know anyone with these distracting characteristics. Many of the conversations that Dylan has with other characters had me laughing out loud and then looking around to see if anyone noticed. A fun read that has its own serious side.

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