Loved it. Like "the fault in our stars" I tore through this one in 2 days. This is a book that will take you through the american high school growing up experience. It doesn't attempt to avoid any part of it, which is why it is often found on banned book lists at schools. I think it is easy to see why (though the author is apparently surprised). There is drug use, there is sexual stuff, some violence. Having said that, I don't think it is a book that emphasizes any of it, but simply acknowledges: these things are a part of the culture.
I really appreciate that is doesn't overhype any part of life. It is not trying to sell you anything and that is so refreshing.
The story is set up as a character named charlie writing letters to a more mature person he has never met, a person who "listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people just because you could have." Someone describes charlie as being a "wallflower" --a person who observes things and doesn't participate. He tries and begins to participate a bit more often. He finds a group of friends that is something like the 90's equivalent of the modern "hipster" crowd, who likes to listen to music, read books, is not inclined towards pop culture, experiments with some drugs and alcohol.
This book is full of observations on the american culture from a wallflower perspective- someone who is in it, but observing it as much as participating in it. In retrospect it is beautiful for taking a calm look at it, not worried, but seeing what is there.
This book would be most valuable to the adolescents who are going through, and about to go through the experiences described. They will know that there are many parts that are socially constructed and they should know it is all a phase and to feel confident in who they are, there is more to life than what you experience as an adolescent. Experience that time, don't miss it, but be yourself, even if there is no immediate popularity, you will be fine.
Some parents would feel nervous about some of the topics in the book. But to be honest, that is life. I'm reminded of a certain man from Galilee who was eventually killed saying "don't worry about your life" and a certain hobbit from the shire saying "it's dangerous business to walk out your front door" ... it is. There are great experiences and ones that hurt and are sad. That's life. This book is a snapshot of life. If I continue to work with this age group, I will often recommend it.
It is a touching book about a boy named Charlie and all of the pressures that come with being a teen. The book is told in a narrative format where you the reader are receiving letters from Charlie as he describes the highs and lows of his first year in high school. We meet his friends, family and discover the tragedy in his life. I was engrossed with the characters from the beginning and couldn't stop listening.
The narrator, Noah Galvin, was one of the best I have ever heard read a book. He read the book with emotion and heart. When Charlie was sad or depressed Noah read like he was on the verge of tears and when he was happy he was shouting and laughing.
The Perks audio is one of my favorites thus far. It's really well done and the story lends itself well to the audiobook format.
The best part of the story itself is the way Charlie's character grows throughout and the way everything comes together at the end.
Noah Galvin's performance stands out in how well his voice fits with the character, and how convincing his voice was for a young teen boy's.
Though I enjoyed it immensely, I'm not sure I would have wanted to spend my entire day doing nothing but listening to Perks.
It's not likely that I would listen again since I'll probably remember the story for a long time. It was very interesting and moving.
The different relationships felt very real. The twist at the end was very unexpected.
This is my only one and it was very impressive. Noah is extremely talented and can really make you believe a different character is speaking.
I don't want to give it away.
Very good listen
An excellent coming of age book that any age group and generation can relate to. This novel captures the trials and tribulations of growing up, the fear we all experienced being teenagers, trying to fit in and it didn't pull any punches.
returned it. it was way to slow. Glad I didn't rent the movie either
if it went into more depth i would have liked it a lot more this was not good
the ending was very disappointing and it was just not interesting and i hated it so very much
Wondering what was behind Charlie's anxiety. The characters all resonated with me, just loved them all & the story, too!
Charlie's feeling of being infinite brought back a long ago memory of a similar group of friends and a snowy winter afternoon.
He made Charlie and his friends real.
Both! And a lot!
It's a must read for any age group.
Yes. It was delightful. My husband and I laughed out loud many time.s
His introspective look at events that seem so distant from my adult life.
Laugh. Irrisistably funny and touching at the same time.
The character, Charlie. What an insecure yet optimistic character. He is actually one of my favorite characters of all time. He feels like someone I would actually know, that is when I don't feel like I'm him.
Not exactly in the same ballpark but the book "What My Mother Doesn't Know" has a similar format but that book is done in a poetry format. "Crank" has a similar format too. All these books write as if the audience is their diary.
He is very emotional just he needed to be. It really seems he knew the character and how to properly act like Charlie. Props to him.
My favorite has always been Charlie but the teacher is a really good character too. I love the line "We take the love we think we deserve."
Loved the book, love the movie, it's a win-win all around.