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!)