I kind of expected more, but I still really enjoyed it. The characters are well written and the story is slow, but you don't notice.
The format of this book is pretty original. The main character, Charlie, is writing very personal letters to someone he doesn't know. It starts out during the summer break between grade school and high school, and is set in the early 1990's. He tells the person he's writing to that he's writing to them because he knows they are the kind of person who wouldn't sleep with someone at a party just because they could, and because he knows somehow that they will understand him and not judge. He tells the unknown person the details of his life, starting with a story about his closest friend committing suicide. He talks about starting high school and how he is ok with not having any friends, even though he would like to have some. He also talks about his English teacher taking a special interest in him and giving him extra assignments that the other kids don't have. This leads him into talking about his analysis of the books he reads. I love that part of this book. Then he randomly meets 2 people that change his life. This could be just like some cheesy 80's high school movie, but it's not. Sure there is the normal 'boy pines for girl that is waaay out of his league', but there's more, and you might not even realize it until the end. First, there's a bit of mystery about why Charlie is the way he is, but because we can only see things from his point of view it's hard to get a handle on exactly what it is. Then there is the depth of the character. He is complicated, yet easy to understand. We can all relate to the crazy stuff we all did in high school, and how it felt to be in the in-between phase of life. We can also understand the desire to be liked and have friends, while still trying to figure out who we are. But what makes this all together different from any teen book or movie is the end. It is not all wrapped up for you. That is to say, the boy doesn't get the girl and they don't live happily ever after. Or do they? You'll just have to figure that out for yourself.
This book draws you in immediately. The narrator is perfect in his rendition of the story from the first-person perspective, and captured the tone and emotions of the main character Charlie so well. I'm glad I didn't just read it on the page, because now I couldn't imagine wanting anyone else's voice in my head telling this story. The book itself struck me as such an honest and accurate depiction of life as a young teenager, and how important and significant everything seems at the time, at that age. Song lyrics, book choices, friendships, family... It transported me back to the conflicts and constant emotional highs and lows of that age and that time in our lives, which become so easy to forget as an adult. Listening to this book was a romantic and nostalgic experience that made me think both fondly and sympathetically to my own high school days. A touching and beautiful story.
i love its story and the voice is clear enough and i think the voice matches with the story line
obviously Charlie! because Charlie is different from any other characters and teenagers. he has something special. i love his innocence and his transformation along with the story. i could feel he is growing up with the story goes on.
every character. He has such a talent!! his story telling is amazing. Clear enough, and I picks the main point of each character so that i can follow the story without any confusions
I bought this book not knowing anything about it, but just having heard that it was good. At first it seemed really young to me — the narrator is 14 and very naive — but as it went on, I realized that some of the themes, such as sexual assault, were more mature than I'd expected. The author handled them well and handled the expression of teenage psyches well too.
I HATED the ending given what I know about how memory works — it rang really, really false to me. Criminally so. But I suppose the book is a product of its time ... and there's not a lot else I can say without spoilers, though I wish I could get into it here.
Overall, I thought this was a really good book, especially for a high school novel. I wish I'd found it when I was in high school.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
It was easier to see the writers story being played out for me. Rather trying process the words myself.
I connected with charlie in a lot ways because I was a little naive myself coming to a new school as well experiencing loss of loved ones. As well meeting a girl who was out my league.
I really cant compare seeing is how i never heard Noah Galvin till now.
We accept the love we think we deserve.
Stephen Chbosky should write more about the wallflowers. Intriguing character that have phenomenal backgrounds. When the story is finished it leaves you wanting more.
I would definitely listen to this book again, its a clever coming of age story that is relatable to me as well as to many others I should assume. It is constructed nicely and the author can actually write. The subtle shifting of nuance within the book portray the fragility of this world which is not so uncommon from our own.
Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
I loved this book in high school, but I was wary of re-reading it as an adult. I'm so glad I was wrong. The narration was fantastic - Noah Galvin's reading really grabs you and takes you into the story.
The performance was perfect for the story. A truly great it-get-better story!
No, this is my first listen of Noah Galvin.
The way in which it is written and performed really make you have a genuine, real experience. Lots of psychological gems in there and it does a good job of making you reflect.