Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.
I loved this book in high school, but I was wary of re-reading it as an adult. I'm so glad I was wrong. The narration was fantastic - Noah Galvin's reading really grabs you and takes you into the story.
The performance was perfect for the story. A truly great it-get-better story!
No, this is my first listen of Noah Galvin.
The way in which it is written and performed really make you have a genuine, real experience. Lots of psychological gems in there and it does a good job of making you reflect.
either way is fine
none. its in its own category
Everything was good
All of the Emotions
oh yea I seriously thought this was a good feeling high school teen book but then wow its deep it was good but wow.
just the was he is so real and the ending how he deals with everything
the narrator was amazing I really felt as if he was just my friend telling me his life story
there are a tad couple of parts that are graphic not extreme but some that I could do without but it wasn't a deal breaker
It's hard not to like or relate to Charlie. He is a smart freshman that is, like most of us were, thrown into the overwhelming world of high school. Drugs, Sex, and Music. As with most smart kids he spends too much time in his head and not enough time living. Watching Charlie grown through this book is a treat. The only problem I have with this book is the ending, just not sure I liked it (It wasn't predictable like many of these types of books are, but it also was kind of just....eh). That aside, the narration is one of the best I've heard on audible. The narrator brings this book to life and helps you identify and feel for Charlie. It's worth a listen.
This was a well written story about a young man and how much easier it is to pretend tragedy hasn't touch him rather than face the truth, although it is rarely the right thing to do.
I really enjoyed not being able to predict this story.
My favorite scene was when Charlie, Patrick, and Sam are in the vehicle driving under the bridge...I remember that feeling as a teenager...being "infinite".
I think I would take Sam out to dinner since I have had many friends like her before and we would probably have a great time.
I considered abandoning the book about a third of the way through. I didn't see where it was going, and I didn't like the format (the narrator writes you letters). The story took a long time to get going.
I wouldn't. Even though it took place during the time I went to high school and referenced bands and songs that I loved - even though I really wanted to love this book about a quirky high school kid who doesn't fit in - I really struggled with it.
I couldn't stand most of the characters.
He seemed a little disaffected to me.
I did see the movie, when I was just over halfway through the audiobook. It made me dislike the characters even more, although it showed me that the story was going to start getting a little more interesting if I just hung in there.
I started out by watching the movie. It was impressively done with stellar performances by the entire cast. So, of course, I knew I had to read or listen to the book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, because the entire story is told to you by Charlie as he writes letters to "Dear Friend", which happens to be all of us who go on this journey. But I was greatly surprised that this method of writing made it more personal for me as if Charlie was writing the letters directly to me. It was a one-on-one with this boy who has seen and experienced all the wonderful, and bad, things about high school.
I don't give out five stars very often, but this audiobook certainly deserved every one of them.
By the way, Patrick is a hoot in the book and the movie.
These characters reminded me of so many friends I've lost touch with since my school days. This book brought them all back, if only for a brief time.