The book was pretty good. It was a bit slow in the middle but had an interesting twist at the end. The Narrator makes the book. He is pretty amazing. Tempted to buy another book just to see if he owns every read he does.
Being far from a Young Adult, I did not expect to love this book, but I certainly did. And as others have noted, the narrator is perfect.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
Great character building. This book is about the journey Charlie goes as teenager, and how his character is built with every experience he has while in high school, how his friendships are made and kept, his relationship with his family... You might think this is a boring book by what I described, but it really is not. It makes us reflect upon our own experiences as teenagers and how they might have been different, thus, how we might have turned up to be whole other people. If you live around teenagers, this book might help you open your eyes to some quiet teenager who might have a hurricane going on in his mind. It is fast paced and very emotional at times.
The narrator does an excellent job.
I highly recommend it.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
The coming of age can be a very trying and painful journey. Charlie definitely needed friends like Patrick and Sam to guide him through the beginning of his tumultuous journey.
Sometimes, such intelligent kids like Charlie have a more difficult time enjoying life for the fun that life has to offer. People called him a nerd to his face and while walking up the halls after seeing him. However, the kids that Charlie did unknowingly become a part of his freshman year of high school, was a part of his preparation for growing up.
The narrator, Noah Gavin, was absolutely wonderful. He brought Charlie to life. Noah gave me the opportunity to know Charlie and the many struggles that lay ahead for such an emotional and mentally unstable young man.
I don't know who his " friend" was but Charlie was quite wise about himself when putting words on paper. But then, he wanted to "grow up" and become a writer. Books were his refuge.
Charlie did have a supportive family which many kid's do not have. They were available when Charlie needed them. Although Charlie did have a difficult time asking anyone for help, his friends, who liked him for himself, were wise to those times when Charlie was in trouble.
This book is a straight forward novel that holds nothing back. The listener gets to know Charlie so well that I was amazed.
Gifts were important to Charlie. He chose what he considered the "perfect" gift for each of his friends and family. He was able to understand who they were at the time and matched a gift to who it fit. Charlie was thoughtful and kind.
I don't think the book could have been as riveting if I read it. Listening brings a person to life. I've watched children who have had this same struggle and it is not a pretty sight. Stephen Chbosky wrote an excellent book that could prepare a parent or child of what lay ahead. Not everyone encounters such travails as Charlie. However, his courage is the magnificent part of Charlie that pushes him forward. He wants to grow up and I know that he will.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
No, because I saw the movie before listening to the book (twice, actually), and I liked the movie better. I still liked the book well enough to give it four stars, but I have two theories:
1. I saw the movie a second time because my 13 year old read the book over the summer and wanted to see it, so I went with her even though I'd already seen it. She liked the book better, I liked the movie better -- I think we were both partial to the version we experienced first. She didn't like the changes made in the movie, I thought the changes added depth and drama, especially in the ending. But we both liked both versions regardless of which one we liked better.
2. Rarely does the author of a book get to direct his own screen version. But Stephen Chbosky did, over a decade after publishing the book, and with the experience of writing and producing a TV show (Jericho) in the interim. Although largely faithful to the book, the ending is amplified from an epilogue to a climactic denouement. That carries a lot of weight in my mind, that he had a better idea of how to tell his story.
To put it into an emblematic nutshell, the song in the tunnel scene in the book is Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, in the movie it's Heroes by David Bowie. On my stereo, I like Landslide better. But for that scene? Heroes is so effective. So is the added detail that, in the movie, they didn't know the song when they experienced it in the tunnel, which is not the case in the book with Landslide. Gotta believe Chbosky knew what he was doing here, having grown over the years, and I believe that extends to the other changes he made.
But the book remains a very good read and/or listen, whether you saw the movie or not.
In the book and movie both, the Secret Santa scene is one the most memorable and satisfying moments. In the book, there is actually more depth to the set of gifts Charlie gives Patrick, an instance where it surpasses the movie. And Charlie's makeover, culminating with the typewriter Sam gives him as well as his first kiss, is a major leap his his coming of age.
Patrick is an irresistibly charismatic force in the movie, the person who takes Charlie under his wing for no apparent reason other than the openness of his character, the one who really teaches Charlie to be himself. But he doesn't quite shine that way in the book. As performed by Noah Galvin in Charlie's first person voice, with that much more interior monologue and introspection than is possible on screen, Charlie is clearly the best character, in addition to being the central and most important one.
Yes. Like seeing the movie in one sitting. And it's short enough. I didn't actually get to listen to it straight through, but close enough, listening to it in several bursts over the course of a 36-hour period.
Father,Husband,Photographer,Book Fiend. 1st Audiobook was 1776 byDavid McCullough;listened while putting up Xmas lights in snowstorm-Hooked!
I don't review often, but I wasn't expecting much from this book (concerns about movie hype, book hype, I am far from YA, etc)...but it was on sale, and I needed to shake things up a a bit, as my reading/listening had been sort of narrowly focused recently. Enter "Perks" and especially Noah Galvin and Stephen Chbosky. Maybe I just started this book at the right moment, but it was just a really enjoyable experience. Chbosky's characters were well written, even if the main character was the only fully developed one. And Noah Galvin's voice and acting ability lent themselves so utterly pitch-perfectly to this book. One could imagine that Galvin was truly reading about himself. A truly excellent performance. I laughed out loud more than once and actually got choked up a couple of times...not something i do when reading very often.
I purchased this book by accident. Thank goodness I did. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator is spot on. The story is so very unique.
Charlie is the obvious choice. He is the story.
Top 3 for sure.
There are very few movies that do a book justice. I saw the movie first and fell in love. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book. Charlie is such a loveable character and Noah Galvin really brings that out. Of course there is a feeling a nostalgia, since it is set in the early 90's however, the story could play as well today as it did then. This book has made its way to my top 5 books and would recommend it to anyone who will listen.