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A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
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Mar 05, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-lit
Read in March, 2008

Although I can see why certain fans don't like this one as much as Haddon's first book, I liked it just as well. It has the same flavor as the first, but with multiple main characters instead of just one. Mark Haddon still does a fantastic job of showing rather than telling in terms of his characters--he really has a wonderful way of letting the reader get inside the characters' heads. I think that was part of what made his first novel great, and he has held onto that in this one. What made this one almost better than Curious Incident was the abundance of poignant moments. This book does not lack for meaningful segments but also doesn't overdo it. I sat and thought about certain passages for long periods of time--they took me back, made me laugh, and made me think. I highly recommend this book to those who liked the first book for more than just its focus on a kid with an "en vogue" mental illness.
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