Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But Colin is Wayne Connelly’s best–and only–hope of proving his innocence after Wayne is accused of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria. Colin and Wayne quickly set off on a journey to prove Wayne’s innocence, but neither realizes just how far their investigation will take them or that it will force Colin to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.
Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He’s a boy with Asperger’s syndrome who sees clues in the unlikeliest of places, and whom readers will root for right up until the case is solved . . . and beyond.
Colin Fischer was a hilarious read for me. I particularly loved the way Colin interacted with others, that is…when he interacted at all. He’s very much so as uncensored a human being as possible to be. If he thinks it, you will hear it, and if he observes it, it will undoubtedly be going into his journal. Obviously this makes him an easy target for bullies in his school. Most of the kids in his class have known about him and his “disability” since they were young, yet instead of embracing it and looking past it, they alienate him for it.
But one day while in school Colin’s observations and curious nature come in handy when he witnesses an incident. This is the real turning point in the book for me, because this is where we learn a lot more about Colin and his interest in solving mysteries.
The whole story was really fast paced and I rather enjoyed that aspect. The footnotes scattered throughout took a bit getting used to at first, but once you’re into the flow of the story they only enhance everything going on and make things that much funnier. I also liked the contrasting of home life with his school life. While the kids at school don’t understand him well at all, his parents are used to his behavior. But being used to his behavior doesn’t always make it easy, and we particularly notice this whenever Colin’s younger brother Danny is around.
I really liked this book and I would recommend it to anyone. You’ll definitely chuckle throughout the majority of it.
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