When Mr Dog Bites

When Mr Dog Bites 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

  • Title: When Mr Dog Bites
  • Author: Brian Conaghan
  • ISBN: 9781408838334
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aDylan 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 .

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    1. Brian Conaghan

      Brian Conaghan was born in 1971 He was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin He is the author of The Boy Who Made It Rain and has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow His second novel When Mr Dog Bites was shortlisted for both the 2015 Carnegie Medal and the Children s Book Award Ireland, while his novel, The Bombs That Brought Us Together won the 2016 Costa Chilrdren s Book Award His new novel, We Come Apart, written in verse, and co authored with multi award winner, Sarah Crossan was released in Feb 2017 BrianConaghan

    606 thoughts on “When Mr Dog Bites”

    1. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/3.5 StarsA month or so ago an article appeared that said: “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.” Upon reading those words, something happened inside of me . . . Angry Panda got angry . . ally fucking angry. The author of the article then proceeded to namedrop several “classics” that grown-ups should read rather than YA, which proved to me that she’s 100% pure asshole. Sure, [...]


    2. I picked this one up because I wanted to learn more about Tourette Syndrome andI'm really glad I read it even though I was like COMPLETELY LOST half the time. I still learnt a LOT and it was really well done, I think. (Also going to shoo you towards this short Tourette Syndrome interview from a group of kids that I saw recently which was entirely awesome.)It's written in a bit of a bizarre style?? Almost like the protagonist, Dylan Mint, has kind of his own language. And I GET THAT. Because I su [...]


    3. It was Kelly’s review that made me want to pick up this book. I agree wholeheartedly with her sentiment. Readers should read what they want when they want! Break free of the chains that bind you and pick up the book that your heart is calling for. When I first startedWhen Mr. Dog Bites I fell in love with Dylan. He’s unique. He’s different. He has his own words. A-mayonnaise-ing. He left me feeling confused dot com. But once I got the flow of his writing I was completely enveloped in his s [...]


    4. When Mr. Dog Bites is a young adult story about 16-year-old Dylan who has Tourette's Syndrome. He refers to his uncontrolled outbursts, the pressure that builds up in him when he is stressed, as Mr. Dog because they resemble a snarling, barking monster. Following a doctor's appointment he attended with his Mum, who is pretty much a single parent while his Dad is apparently away with the army, Dylan believes that he only has months left to live, so he comes up with a bucket list, "Cool Things To [...]


    5. What happens when you get a teenage narrator who has Tourette's, a great personality and goes to a school for kids with special needs? The correct answer is this freaking hilarious book called When Mr. Dog Bites! Brian Conaghan did a PHENOMENAL job of integrating hilarity, hope, heart ache and kindness into this novel. I'm finding it hard to put into words what I want to say so I'll just say this: Dylan Mint our MC is literal, has the most hilarious outbursts {which in real life I wouldn't lau [...]


    6. When Mr Dog Bites is a rather difficult book for me to review. I should start by saying that I didn't know all that much about this book before I started reading - I only read the blurb, and I haven't read anything by this author before. From that alone, I was excited to get started. I loved the sound of this contemporary YA read.I love reading about real life issues, so reading about a teenager growing up with Tourette's was definitely something that appealed to me and I was interested in how w [...]


    7. Had high hopes for this book, but the overwhelming homophobia and misogyny was just too much. There was no reason for it, at all. Of course, you can have good books about homophobic/misogynistic characters that are still good, but this is not one of them.


    8. 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 [...]


    9. Ok wow. I won this book in a giveaway (thanks!) so didnt really know that much about it apart from the synopsis. So it's basically from the point of view of Dylan Mint who is a 16 year old who has tourettes, this means he has to go to a special needs school which is where we meet many other secondary characters such as Amir - his best friend - and his teachers etc. Since it was written in his point of view the world was seen so innocently and completely positively which is why I absolutely loved [...]


    10. Dylan, 16 who are diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, overheard from a doctor that he gonna die in March. In order for him to live his remaining life to the fullest, he make up a list with 3 wishes 'Cool things to do before I cack it' which are having sex with a girl in his 'special' school, Michelle Malloy, to make his best buddy, Amir happy and live his life without anyone calling him names and such and lastly, get his dad out of war and be with him. Throughout this whole journey in this book, i [...]


    11. I really enjoyed reading this, but had a few problems with it as I went along.After The Shock of the Fall (schizophrenia), The Rosie Project (Aspergers'), and various others, we now have a protagonist with Tourette's Syndrome. Dylan Mint is sixteen, attends a special school in Scotland and misses his dad, away on a secret mission with the army in Afghanistan.Early on we see that Dylan doesn't always see things as everyone else does. An appointment with a doctor leaves Dylan believing he only has [...]


    12. When Mr Dog Bites is a challenging read because the very first thing you notice, even on the cover, is the bad language. And this has put some people off and some people have felt that they don't want to let their Carnegie shadowers read it. And at first I was startled and upset by the language - the racist language in particular. And then I began to see the protagonist, Dylan Mint, properly. What you come to realise that Dylan has Tourettes, and the language that comes out of his mouth - but mo [...]


    13. Although this was a very quick read, I struggled with it.I've never read a book about Tourettes, so this is what piqued my interest to begin with. But, once I started reading, it became apparent to me that there was no clear audience group. You see, parts were very juvenile, whereas others were very adult. I get that teenagers are growing up far too fast these days, but the two types of narrative didn't mesh. The language also irritated me. Okay, so I am not a sixteen year old Scottish teenager, [...]


    14. I have never been so conflicted whilst writing a review for a book. There was a single moment early on (page 22) with a casual comment about a character making a sound like ‘a cat being gang-raped by some dingoes’ and I balked. I was expecting language, of course, but flippant use of rape as a descriptor for a noise really threw me off course with this novel, and whether or not this is ‘how teens talk these days’, it just didn’t sit right with the protagonist’s ‘a-mayonnaising’, [...]


    15. Scottish author Brian Conaghan draws on his own experience with Tourette's Syndrome to tell the story of Dylan Mint, who has Tourette's and is convince he's going to die in March. He's inspired to create a list of things to do before he dies, but it also makes it harder for him to keep a leash on "Mr. Dog" as well as his own behavior.Dylan might be sixteen, and sex with Michelle Malloy might be the top thing on his list, but he's almost painfully naive. His innocence makes it easier to sympathiz [...]


    16. I must admit I had been looking forward to this book for a while particularly because author Phil Earle raved about it on twitter a while back and I am so pleased to say it didn't disappoint.When Mr Dog bites is the story of Dylan a teenager with Tourettes. What I loved about it is how it got me into his head and enabled me to understand a bit more what it must be like for anyone living with the condition. Be warned it doesn't hold back in its language and so I probably wouldn't recommend it for [...]


    17. This is a humorous tale for older teens and young adults who don't mind the strong language as main character, Dylan, has Tourette's. Dylan is also a big hearted soul navigating an unsteady course through 'special school' and his 16th year. He's just found out he's going to die next March thanks to a hushed conversation between his mother and the doctor during a routine check. Determined not to be beaten by the mere prospect of death, he hatches up a bucket list and in his attempts to achieve hi [...]


    18. This book was very insightful of living with Torrette Syndrome and it was woven into the story very well. Great disability representation of which we need to see more of. However, narration was confusing at times and the plot sluggish. I couldn't believe the reveal, I just needed to see more of it!#diversitybingo2017 - Neuro-diverse main character (own voices)


    19. Tourettův syndrom se v knížkách nijak hojně nevyskytuje, a protože mě baví číst podobně laděné příběhy a tenhle opravdu přináší zase něco trochu jiného, neváhala jsem. Knížka se čte sama a děj plyne, neubírá mu ani to, že některé věci odhadnete trochu dopředu. Více podobných témat.


    20. This was just the sweetest story ever about being young and innocent. An how insane the world can be, when you are also struggeling with mental illness. Just adorable!


    21. "We kicked stones around for awhile in silence, which was Daddy Cool, because the one thing that's different between best buds and stupid acquaintances is that it's fine and dandy to boot stones around in silence with your best bud, but with acquaintances you have to think of rubbish things to say all the time in case they think you're dead boring, or a mongo. My new shoes were scuffed and scuzzy as well. I didn't care, though, because I was happy as a pig in piss that two buds were kicking some [...]


    22. Although I gave this book a low rating, I have to say that it was a worthwhile read and I don't regret it. It had great representation and a diverse cast of characters and dealt with issues that need to be written about. One other thing I enjoyed was the main character Dylan , who essentially was a very good person and a great character. His thought process was absolutely wacko and everywhere but I really enjoyed that style of writing. The main thing that I didn't enjoy was just the plot line of [...]


    23. I read the 2014 publication, "When Mr. Dog Bites" by Brian Conaghan because it appeared on a couple of 2015 "best" lists and mock awards lists. I liked it. It smacks a little of author, Andrew Smith's, work.Positives:1. A male protagonist, Dylan Mint.2. Main characters with disabilities - most of the teens in the book attend Drumhill School, which is a school for students with disabilities. Seventeen year old, Dylan, has Tourette's Syndrome, and other issues. His best friend, Amir, stutters and [...]


    24. Dylan Mint har tourette. AAAAAAAARRRGGH!Som om det ikke er svært nok at være 16 år, må han hver dag kæmpe for at undertrykke tics, pinlige lyde, bandeord og sjofle udråd. RYGERHOVED! RYNKERØV! For slet ikke at nævne den knurrende, savlende og gøende hund, der slipper løs, når Dylan bliver stresset og presset. SVAGPISSER! GOKKE-SOK! Men et rutinetjek på hospitalet ændrer alt.Lægen og Dylans mor hvisker noget sammen, som Dylan kun kan opfatte som en dødsdom: "Til marts vil livet, so [...]


    25. I enjoyed this. The beginning was hard to get into and there's not exactly a strong storyline. What was most important in this book were the characters and their mindsets and (everyday) struggles.The book shouldn't have been any longer, else it would get boring very soon. Despite the weak plot and slow start, it's quite an enjoyable book to open up to the world of Tourette's.


    26. The cover of When Mr Dog Bites proclaims it to be 'a story about life, death, love, sex and swearing'. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever seen a book described so well, as these five components really are what makes up the life of sixteen-year-old Dylan Mint.It's a fairly straightforward story, a coming of age tale, if you will. Dylan Mint has Tourette's, he attends a special needs school and has a best friend called Amir. At a routine doctor's visit, Dylan overhears the doctor say that [...]


    27. Dylan Mint, is a 16-year-old with Tourette syndrome who lives in near-poverty with his mother (the father is absent, ostensibly fighting abroad).Mint attends a special school for "difficult" children; his best friend is Amir, a Pakistani boy with Asperger's who is the object of constant racial abuse by an obese bully. The reader's sympathy is successfully engaged, notably as Mint stands up for his friend on more than one occasion.Mint goes for a hospital visit and overhears his mum and the docto [...]


    28. Dylan Mint is a teenage boy who has Tourette's Syndrome. He is in a special school where he has his best friend and a girl he thinks more of than she does of him. At a seemingly routine hospital appointment, Dylan's life changes when he overhears conversation alluding to his imminent death.Unsure of what to do with this information, having seen how upset his mum is, Dylan decides to wholeheartedly live the remainder of the life he has left. He compiles a list called, "Cool Things to Do Before I [...]


    29. I loved this - it was so funny, so engaging and so utterly insightful. The hero, Dylan, is a very sweet hero, with a touching relationship with his single mum and a very literal way of looking at the world. This makes for some great comedy moments (his refusal to identify his mum's new boyfriend Tony with anything other than his career as a Taxi driver is a wonderfully example of this). Dylan's almost naive view of the world presents some very interesting insights into our society, in my opinion [...]


    30. I read this book for my reviewing group as we are working towards making a judgement on the Carnegie shortlist this year. Whilst reading, I didn't feel that I connected with the character of Dylan Mint, the protagonist who suffers from a severe form of tourettes. However after watching an interview with Brian Conaghan, I have a better understanding of his motives for the way in which he wrote the character.I applaud Conaghan on his ability to create a character who switches between childish and [...]


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