The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Having read it [but couldnt be arsed to write a review] myself and finding it absolutely brilliant, I'd reccommend it to anyone who has about 2 hrs to spare.
To Christopher, love is understood through criterias - s/he takes care of me, s/he cooks dinner for me, s/he takes me to the zoo, therefore, s/he loves me. Though we may have, at one time or another felt the little fluttering in our stomach and a kind of aching where our heart is (and those may very well be chemical reactions triggered by the brain, or stomach ulcer) love still needs to fulfil a few 'characteristics' for it to be considered as such. If a social service worker turns up in the home of a family, and finds that the children have been badly abused and neglected, will we say, "Oh, but they loved their kids"? No, we wont.