Thursday, August 14, 2014

#BookReview: When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

On the jacket:

Dylan Mint has Tourette’s. For Dylan, life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in – the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that escapes whenever he gets stressed. And, as a sixteen-year-old virgin and pupil at Drumhill Special School, getting stressed is something of an occupational hazard.   But then a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mother, Dylan discovers that he's going to die next March.   So he grants himself three parting wishes: three ‘Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It’.  It isn’t a long list, but it is ambitious, and he doesn't have much time. But as Dylan sets out to make his wishes come true, he discovers that nothing – and no-one – is quite as he had previously supposed.  A story about life, death, love, sex and swearing, When Mr Dog Bites will take you on one *#@! of a journey . . .


Even though these days grown ups read a lot of YA fiction, I am not particularly fond of this genre. I have lliked maybe 1 or 2, but those were really good. When Mr. Dog Bites is different. Superbly different. YA fiction this might be, but it has a heart and a soul.

We have Dylan Mint, a 16 years old but not one bit your average teen. At one point of time, he thought he is going to die in a few months. So, with very less time left to live, he plans his life. And what happens really. A phenomenal tale with humour and a lot of heartfelt stages, this story is about Dylan who has the most hilarious outburts. His best friend Amit is autistic and is extremely adorable.

Dylan is a character easy to love but difficult to forget. He is adorable, someone you would want to keep for yourself. Dylan and Amir's friendship is cute and their school life interesting and relatable. 

Rating: *****/5

[This review is for Bloomsbury India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an entertaining book with a lot of heart. I'll have to look it up. Thanks for passing this along; I hadn't heard of it before.


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