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 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.
I'm going to give this one 3 stars, because I don't really know how I feel about it. What I really want to say is WTF?
There is so much going on in this book...not all of it realistic.
To tell the truth, I was in love with the story until the very end. The last twist to the story left me felling sad and a little weirded out.
The narrator, Noah Galvin, was pretty great. He made the story much more enjoyable.
Audible books keep me from having full blown conversations with my dogs during the day!
The reader is great!! Unfortunately the book is very dark and depressing.
My 17 year old daughter and I took a long road trip visiting universities. She chose this book. The description sounded like a fun teen type story. However the book concentrates on suicide, family violence, teen sex, gay sex, assaults, drugs, and depression.Although my daughter loved it, I wanted to jump out of the car to get away!
I loved the whole book from beginning to end. The person reading it to me made me feel like I was apart of the story, like Charlie was reading me his letters. I was so in love I finished it in a day and intend to listen to it again very soon.
I've read this book multiple times since it was published when I was a senior in high school. I've had a different perspective each time I have read it, most recently as I'm pursuing graduate studies for speech therapy. I have enjoyed this book so much that spontaneously I downloaded it as I knew I was making multiple trips into the city and would be spending multiple hours on a bus. This was not the first time I had listened to this novel; I once owned its first mp3 recording. It's very unfortunate I cannot find the file because I cannot tolerate the narrator's voice, even though I did listen all the way through again. He does not fit the personalities of the characters, especially Charlie. This needs be changed. The book deserves a better narrator. Sorry Noah, you're not doing the story any justice!