For starters, the honest-to-God reason I bought this was because the author has the same first name as me. I was in a rush and it seemed like a better reason than a superior cover design. This book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize which is a pretty huge deal. It's written through the perspective of a five-year-old boy. It is brilliantly written and a compelling story that I read the whole thing in one sitting.
I love this book. It's the best book I've read all year. You'd think that the child narrating would get really tedious, but all it does is pull you into the story even further.