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When Mr. Dog Bites Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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Gr 10 Up—Dylan Mint suffers from Tourette's syndrome. He also just found out he has only eight months to live. He decides the only thing to do is come up with a list of "Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It." The list includes having sex for the first time, finding a new best friend for his best friend Amir, and convincing the army to allow his dad to come home from the war. It's obvious to readers from early on that Dylan is not actually going to die—this belief stems from a misunderstanding at the doctor's office. It is also clear his dad is not actually in the army or at war. This first person account is insightful, engaging, and immerses teens into the world of Tourette's. British and Scottish slang, coupled with Dylan's scattered thought processes, can make it difficult to understand at times. Though the excessive swearing may be off-putting to some readers, the language is authentic, given the protagonist's disorder. This is an uninhibited and compelling look inside the mind of a teen living with Tourette's. The ending, neatly tied up in a bow, seems far-fetched, but readers will root for Dylan nonetheless and would not want to see it end any other way. If they can get past the challenging language, they will be rewarded with a relatable character who has many of the same problems they do.—Tammy Turner, Centennial High School, Frisco, TX
“Insightful, engaging . . . The language is authentic, given the protagonist's disorder. This is an uninhibited and compelling look inside the mind of a teen living with Tourette's.” ―School Library Journal
“Dylan is a wonderful character--hopeful in the face of death, loving despite the slurs and cruelty he faces, and incredibly loyal to Amir . . . This is an unusual coming-of-age tale that is thoroughly engaging.” ―VOYA
“Charming . . . Dylan is smart and caring, and beneath his realistically portrayed condition, he is a normal teenager with relatable concerns. As Dylan would say, this one is 'A-mayonnaise-ing.'” ―Booklist
“The book does a nice job of showing a teen coping with more than his disorder . . . Teens will laugh their way through to find Dylan's heart of gold.” ―BCCB
“Readers will laugh out loud.” ―Library Media Connection
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One day, in hospital, he overhears a conversation in which he learns he's going to 'cack it', so he grants himself three parting wishes before he dies. As he proceeds to honour his 'cool' wishes the story unfolds and nothing appears at it seems.
It's a delightful, human story full of very colourful &^%$^ use of language, outrageous situations, love, death and laughter. A great read!
If you enjoyed this, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Midnight by Mark Haddon, is a must too!
Set in Glasgow (Scotland), This quirky coming of age tale features a teenage protagonist with Tourette's, a condition that causes verbal and physical tics. A student at a 'special school', Dylan is almost seventeen and like most adolescent boys he has his priorities, dictated by his hormones, which forms the basis of his personal bucket list. As a character, Dylan is endearingly awkward with an optimistic and thoughtful nature and though he struggles with his condition, he is determined to not let it drag him down. What did concern me about the portrayal of Dylan was his naivety, I can only assume he has more complex neurological issues related to, or in addition to, Tourette's, which weren't, but perhaps should have been, addressed.
In addressing the themes of friendship, intolerance and family in When Mr Dog Bites Conaghan often uses humour to temper the more serious challenges Dylan faces like bullying, blackouts and learning the truth about his absent father, but there are also some sweet and poignant moments. The story unfolds mainly as you might expect, with some minor twists in the details. I do I think the language may prove to be a barrier for non commonwealth readers who may find the slang and cockney rhyming difficult to make sense of but I wouldn't want that to put anyone off.
I liked When Mr Dog Bites, and I think it's weaknesses were balanced by its strengths, but I was hoping for something more. However I think it will satisfy a young adult audience of around 14-18, and would be especially suitable for boys looking for contemporary fiction.
So our main character Dylan not only has Tourette's but he also finds out that he is going to die in a few months. He decides to make a list of three things to do before he dies. Now if I found out that I was going to die, the world better watch it. Most say that I already live my life to the fullest, but if I found out I only had a couple of months left I would pretty much do anything and everything possible. But not Dylan. He limits it to three things. And two of them are things that aren't even directly related to him, they are for his best friend and his father. The other is well, to lose his virginity. He is after all a teenage boy.
After getting over whether this book is intentionally humorous, I started to wonder if this humor was for me. There are a ton of sex jokes and just downright dirty jokes. I kept reminding myself that Dylan is a teenage boy. He says the word "willy" way too many times to count. I seriously groaned every time he said it. And it made me question whether the stereotype of "all men think about is sex" is indeed true.
Racism is touched on quite a bit. Mostly because Dylan's best friend is Pakistani. Even though some people try to deny it, racism is still very well present in the world. Along with prejudice and how we treat anyone who is different. There is a scene in this book where Dylan is getting picked on, and it was so hard for me to read. Especially reading it from his point of view, because he has no clue that he's even being made fun of. It was really heartbreaking.
But in the end, there is a story about growing up in When Mr. Dog Bites. And what happens when you have to face reality and the facts are laid out in front of you. And I must say that I loved the ending. It was pretty much a perfect way to wrap the story up. And it made me happy that I didn't give up, and read it to the end.
Reviewed by Sana @ Step Into Fiction
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