Monday, April 22, 2013

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller

Colin can't stand to be touched and sometimes has meltdowns because of his Asperger's syndrome.  He also has problems recognizing emotions and relies on pictures of faces to help determine how others are feeling.  He has been picked on his entire school life because of his problems with his biggest bully being Wayne.  High school brings a whole new set of problems with both students and teachers.  When there is an incident involving a gun in the school cafeteria the principal is quick to blame Wayne.  But Colin, who reveres Sherlock Holmes and thinks just as logically, knows that Wayne wasn't to blame.  Colin only wants to solve the mystery and find the truth so he doesn't find it strange to be defending the boy who has been his nemesis.  I didn't dislike the book but I didn't really warm up to it either for some reason.  One main thing I didn't like was how Colin's brother treated him without there being any repercussions from their parents.  The brother is a minor character so that isn't a major theme in the book, but it still bothered me.  I did, however, laugh at Colin's lies to his parents which were so stiff and would be obvious from any other teen.