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.
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.
I loved the narrator. Noah Galvin was amazing and made the book so funny yet left me wanting to cry at the same time.
This is the first one I listened too,
No I had to keep pausing it but I cant wait to listen to it again
I am a mother, a wife, but also a teacher of English. I prefer to listen to audible while driving to work.
This story is understandable, as I teach high school and experience students just like the ones in Chbosky's work.
Chbosky's use of allusions to pop culture are compelling and work at bridging a generation gap that needs to be unified.
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.