Author: Brian Conaghan Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Release Date: 1st January 2015 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 320
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 . .
I really, really enjoyed this book. When Mr. Dog Bites tells the story of Dylan, a sixteen year old who suffers with Tourette’s. When he finds out he’s going to die in March, he compiles a list of things he wants to do before he dies with the help of his best mate, Amir. On this mission, he treads on a path of self-discovery and learns a lot of new things on the way. I really enjoyed this because it was so. funny. At points I had to put it down because I was laughing so much. I think Conaghan did a great job writing Dylan, because he’s a main character that is so relatable and asks the stupid questions just like any teenager would. I thought the plot twist at the end of the book with Dylan’s mum was an excellent idea too. There were a few moments when it started to drag out about, but it picked itself up quickly soon afterwards. Overall, I’m going to give it 4 stars out of 5 because it was a really entertaining and hilarious book that I really enjoyed. Now that I’ve read all of his books, I’m super super excited to meet him again this February (and then March, too!)
I'm honestly so so so grateful for Department 51 of Easons for sending me an ARC copy of this book. Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite writers and I was counting down the days until it's original release date.
Now I have Brian Conaghan's Bombs here at home, but I've yet to read it. However, this book has made me want to read everything by him ASAP.
This book, in one word, was perfection. Honest to God, perfection.
I raced through this in 2 hours because it was SO BLOODY GOOD. As a writer myself, I think it's unfair how good these two are together. I think we should ban them from writing another book for at least five years.
Seriously. I fell in love with the badass Jess and the sweetheart Nicu within seconds. I wish I could read this for the first time again.
BTW, THE ENDING KILLED ME. I WAS CRYING FOR A GOOD HOUR.
Utterly amazing, and there's no doubt in my mind when I say that this is by far my favourite book of 2016.