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.
This is truly a remarkable novel. My oldest son, Brian, has a girlfriend who pressed this novel on me a few years ago. She had read several times and said I would really enjoy it. I admit to being dubious, but because it was short and I didn't have anything else going at the time I thought, Why not? I am so glad I did. I read it twice and then when it became an Audible selection I purchased it and listened to it. It is an absolutely wondrous but heartbreaking story of adolescence. Don't be deceived though, this is far from being just some YA novel. This is a major work of fiction that you owe it to yourself to experience. Multiple times.
Thanks, Amber. What a great recommendation.
Yes. It was enjoyable to listen to. I think anyone can relate to parts of the story and some of the feelings that Charlie has. He feels like a misfit and misunderstood. He struggles with decisions and relating to others.
Possibly Better Nate than Ever. Both are stories of teenage boys who are misfits. They are trying to figure out who they are and what they have to offer. The both discover things about themselves along the way.
Noah Galvin brings Charlie to life with a believable voice that makes you feel that he IS Charlie as you are listening. You feel that you are inside Charlie's thoughts and Noah's voice has that youthfulness that is so endearing.
The journey of a teenage boy as he discovers the hard truths of adolescence.
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.