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.
I would have read it in Middle School.
He really sounded like a dorky 16 year old.
Move on to more appropriate books for my age.
I remember friends of mine telling me that I needed to read this book back in High School, that it was amazing. Now that I have read it, I can understand how a High School or Middle School kid might love this book. It has all those feelings and sensitive issues that young adults are battling at that time.
Now being that I am in my mid 20s, this book wasn't as enjoyable for me as I had hoped. My patience for the character's break downs was pretty thin by the end of the story, but when I thought back to when I was that age I could relate to it.
I guess I've finally grown up and need to move on to books more appropriate for my age.
I bought this for my teenage daughters. It has, so far, adult situations I don't care for my daughters to be listening too. i don't think I can finish listening to it. I found it disgusting.
I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't. This movie was popular and touted as the same genre as "The Fault in our Stars", which I loved. The main character, Charlie, is just "off", for lack of a better term. I kept waiting for something wonderful to happen or something climactic to happen, but it never did. There was a surprise at the end, but it didn't really change the story or character much.
The narration was really good and you could easily tell the characters by the voice, so I gave it 4 stars, but the story was really only about 3 stars. If you still want to try it out, wait until it goes on sale.
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I have a whole review of this book in my blog "Perks of being a Scarlet Reader"
but the narrator does a superb job! Just the ideal voice for the ideal character :3 It is just amazing! if you connected with the book, YOU will connect a thousand times better with the audio book :3
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The story is great, and I could see this becoming a classic.
The narrator's voice is the appropriate age range, which is both immersive yet sometimes cringy. He really pushes some emotions home which an older reader might lack, but his pitch flounders at points.
I had high hopes for this book based on all the rave reviews, but it fell flat for me. I don't know if it was the letter format, the writing style, or just the plot, but I was bored quite a bit of the time during the story. I didn't engage with the characters and I didn't find anything new or interesting in this book. I listened to the audio version, which is probably the only reason I finished; I did like the narrator. Any parts that came to life to me were due more to the narration than the writing.
The combination of story that flows and narrator and draws you right in to the story.
The confrontation with Sam towards the end, where she confronts him with how he lives so much in his head that he's missing out on opportunities/relationships etc. Through the book it's so easy to go with the flow and experience things from his perspective, that when an insight was thrown at him from outside, I realised how unreliable he was in telling the whole story.
The narrator was fantastic. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed reading the book so much, the narrator bought the story to life
Well it nearly ended that way with being stranded in an airport for half a day. I didn't feel impatient to get on my way, it was such a great story
I enjoyed the performance of this story by Noah. He managed to make the voice of Charlie seem like a very real person. The story itself embraces some serious problems facing young people today in an engaging tale written as a series of letters being sent to the reader as a caring friend. I hope the upcoming movie can do this book justice!