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When Mr. Dog Bites [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Brian Conaghan
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10. Juni 2014
All Dylan Mint has ever wanted is to keep his Tourette’s in check and live life as a “normal” teenager. The swearing, the tics, the howling “dog” that escapes when things are at their worst—nothing about Tourette’s makes it easy to meet cute girls or have normal friends (or many friends at all). But a routine hospital visit changes everything—Dylan overhears that he's going to die. In an attempt to claim the life he’s always wanted, he decides to grant himself parting wishes, or “Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It”. In an intimate portrayal of life with Tourette’s, Dylan’s journey to come to terms with the disorder that has defined his life and his preconceptions about the world around him is hilarious, painful and, ultimately, utterly masterful.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 359 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury (10. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1619633469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619633469
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 14 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,2 x 15 x 3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 317.671 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"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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Brian Conaghan lives and works as a teacher in Dublin and has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. When Mr. Dog Bites is his debut American novel.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Das Tier in Dir 23. Februar 2014
Von Elke Em
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Dylan ist 17, leidet an Tourettes mit tics, fluchen und Hundegeräuschen. Er geht auf eine Spezialschule und hat einen besten Freund, Amir, Autist, Pakistani. Zufällig überhört er ein Gespräch des Arztes mit seiner Mutter und bereitet sich daraufhin auf sein Ableben vor, eine kurze, aber sehr schwierig zu erfüllende Liste, da er dafür nur 6 Monate Zeit hat. Dieses Buch ist sehr schnell und leicht zu lesen, herzerwärmend und anrührend, dabei in keiner Weise sentimental. Zwar ist die Sprache Glaswegian Youth slang, aber man versteht alles gut, da sich die Jungs nicht gerade zu literarischen Höhen aufschwingen, was die Sprache angeht. Wie er es schafft, die Liste abzuarbeiten, trotz oder gerade wegen seiner großen Naivität, hat mich während des Lesens immer wieder lachen oder grinsen lassen. Fazit: kaufen, lesen, genießen! Zielgruppe sind bestimmt 14-16jährige Leser, aber ich als 40-jährige habe es von Herzen genossen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Quirky coming of age tale 2. Februar 2014
Von Shelleyrae - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
When sixteen year old Dylan Mint overhears part of a whispered conversation between his mother and his doctor he becomes convinced he is dying and with just six months or so to live, he develops three 'Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It'. The first is to shag Michelle Malloy, the second is to find a new best bud for his best friend Amir, and the third is to get his father home from the war before time runs out. It's a deceptively unambitious plan but given anytime he gets anywhere near Michelle he has the irrepressible urge to shout 'slag' in her face, Amir is an Autistic Pakistani who smells of curry, and he can't directly contact his soldier father who he believes is on special ops in the Middle East, it might not be as easy as it seems.

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.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great for fans of realistic fiction 7. Juli 2014
Von Step Into Fiction - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's always tricky when you read a book about a character with a medical condition. One of the struggles I had when I stared reading this book was that I laughed a lot. And then I would feel guilty about laughing, because I wasn't so sure if it was appropriate for me to be laughing at a teenager with Tourette's. So then I took a break from reading and Googled the author. I found out that the author has Tourette's. And then it became obvious to me that said author is doing something that I think all authors should do. He's writing what he knows. While it is clear that the main character Dylan is not the author, for starter's the author's Tourette's developed in his twenties. It's obvious that some of the emotions come from personal experience. After figuring out that I am indeed supposed to be laughing, I was able to relax and finish the book.

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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Utterly brilliant! 18. Juni 2014
Von Sarah (Feeling Fictional) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to read When Mr. Dog Bites from the moment I heard about it, I couldn't wait to read about a main character who suffered with Tourette's syndrome because it's a condition I know so very little about. I absolutely loved getting inside Dylan's head and seeing first hand what it is like to live with Tourette's.

Dylan is a great character and in most ways he is just a normal sixteen year old teen, he likes hanging out with his best mate Amir and he can't wait to get a girlfriend and have sex for the first time, but he also struggles with anxiety and his nerves tend to show in the form of tics, cursing or even growling noises. The more he tries to suppress his symptoms the stronger the outbursts usually end up being and he's learnt that in most cases it's easier to just let go and accept what is happening. He has developed routines and coping methods to try and reduce the occurrences but they have by no means been eliminated.

I absolutely adored Dylan, he is such a sweetheart and I love him like a younger brother, in fact, if he was real I think I'd want to adopt him! He is one of my favourite characters of the year and that's high praise when I've read well over 100 books already. I enjoyed his friendship with Amir and how realistic their school life was, things weren't easy for them but they were always there for each other. Going to a special school means facing prejudices from the rest of the world along with coping with all the other issues that any other school child comes across. We also get to see a lot of Dylan's family life, coping with an absent father who is away in the army while his mum struggles to make ends meet and then there is the issue of Dylan's impending death to worry about. His "cack it list" was hilarious and the way he goes about achieving his goals adds a lot of humour to the story.

I love that Brian Conagham tackled so many difficult subjects - everything from disabilities, racism, bullying, family issues and just generally growing up - but he did it with humour and sensitivity. This book is jam packed with swearing and slang so if you're easily offended then it's definitely one that should be avoided. However if you're willing to go into it with an open mind, if you can remember what it was like to actually be a teenager and if you want a book that is realistic, honest and 100% true to life then you will adore When Mr. Dog Bites.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, Original, Brilliantly paced and a fantastic read! 18. Januar 2014
Von Tommy Dooley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book from Brian Conaghan (he has also published 'The Boy who made it rain' on Sparkling books) and for his subject he has chosen a sixteen year old boy in Scotland who suffers from Tourettes syndrome. This is Dylan Mint; he goes to Drumhill Special Needs School. Every single pupil has a problem, but Dylan also has a `best bud' in Amir who is constantly taunted for being from Pakistan and smelling of curry - even though he was born in Scotland.

Dylan suffers from tics, swearing and howling - this is `Mr Dog' and when he comes out Dylan goes off the scale. He is trying desperately to control it, but so many things can let Mr Dog out that it is a daily battle - he though is one of life's optimists. Then a visit to the hospital changes everything. He is used to being spoken about as if he is not there and so just listens to the doctor telling his mum that come next March everything is going to stop. He doesn't take too long to work out that he is going to die or `cack it' as he calls it. His mum seems to confirm this by being unwell and doing a lot of crying. He then decides he has to do a bucket list.

His list only has three things but they are all essential, he needs to have proper sex, find a new friend for Amir and try to get his dad back from being a super soldier fighting terrorists in secret locations and being an all round hero - as he has been told that is where his dad is for an extended period of time.

This is one of the best reads I have had in a while and is primarily aimed at a young teen audience; well I am a fair bit older than that and found it laugh out loud funny - even on the train. The Tourettes is not done in a gratuitous way either it is all handled in an understanding way and not just used as a crude vehicle for comedic purposes. The ups and downs of Dylan are both affirming and heart breaking in equal measure and I just devoured this book. Brain Conaghan is destined for great things if this is the calibre of work we can expect in the future and I hope we do not have to wait very long for his next work of utter genius.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I found myself laughing and crying at the same time while reading. 19. August 2014
Von Teen Reads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
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 16-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.

Oftentimes, reading a book about someone who has a disorder is difficult; it’s hard to understand what exactly the character is going through. WHEN THE DOG BITES does a great job of showing that. Dylan’s voice is unique and realistic. It was easy to see how much he had to struggle to get through every single day, which made it easier to empathize with him.

The relationship that Dylan has with Amir was very heartwarming to read about. They understand each other well and if either of them are feeling down, they know what the other needs to feel better. It isn’t often that you find friends like these and it was touching to see that Dylan and Amir were so close.

One of my favorite things about Dylan was his optimism. When he finds out that he is dying, he doesn’t go sulk. He doesn’t go and complain to everyone about it being unfair. Instead, Dylan takes that and turns it into an opportunity to set goals for himself and fulfill them. Not many 16-year-old's would do that if they found out they only had a few more months to live, and that is what set Dylan apart from other characters I’ve read about. His optimism in dire situations was something that I really admired about him.

All in all, I enjoyed reading the book. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time while reading. Although it wasn’t a light read, it was interesting to read about someone like Dylan. Even when he finds out he is going to die, he remains optimistic. His voice was realistic and very unique and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about him.

~~~SPOILER SECTION~~~

When I found out that Dylan wasn’t actually going to die, my mind went blank. We’d spent the whole book thinking that and then it turns out to be false information. How do you react when you find out that someone who was supposed to die isn’t going to anymore? I was so confused and my feelings were all over the place --- I had no idea what was going on so I had to reread the same page more than twice. As you can tell, that was the part that shocked me the most.

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member.
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