Yes. It is a great story, and pleasant to listen to.
The author and narrator did a fantastic job with making the reader ride the emotional roller coaster of the main character's life.
When they were in the car driving fast and screaming their lungs out. Who hasn't needed to do that?
No. But I did.
I thought Charlie was the sweetest, most thoughtful protagonist of a story I've ever read. If he was a real person, I would want to be friends with him. I wish I could meet the author. Excellent, nuanced characterization of all the female characters too. Nice job Chbosky.
Awesome narrator. He sounds like a real high school kid, so when he was reading these letters out loud, I kept forgetting that Galvin is a voice actor getting paid to read a fictional story and that "Charlie" isn't real. Like I mentioned above, it made me want to be friends with Charlie. Also, when Galvin does a girl's or woman's voice, he actually sounds female. I did a double-take quite a few times and thought, "Wow, he sounds just like a girl." Which is totally cool. The narrator sounds like an adolescent boy, so the pitch of his voice is already in a higher range.
If parents wants to share this with their kids, they had better make sure they have "The Talk" with their kids: safe sex/when is it appropriate to have sex for the first time, drugs, underage drinking, smoking, relationship abuse, and what to do if everyone around you is doing all this and you're not. If parents aren't comfortable talking to their kids about this stuff, they won't be happy with this book.
This is a story with an unusual hero. It takes some time to get to know him and understand what makes him tick. Some readers said he seemed too innocent to be a 15 year old but I think there are kids like that, and when you get through the book, you can understand why. I thought the narration was very good.
If ever there were a book that was better as an audiobook, this is it. The performance is just spectacular. The book itself is pretty standard; the performance makes it amazing.
At the risk of sounding pedestrian, it was Charlie. Incidentally, his overuse of incidentally really drove me mad, before it tapered off partway though the book.
Unfortunately, I have not heard any other of Noah's performances, but I will be looking them up.
While Charlie is the main character, the most memorable is Aunt Helen. To be so powerful, so influential in Charlie's life. As much as I'd like to go on further, spoilers would ensue.
This book was a good read, but not up to hype. Maybe the hype of this book made it not so good for me, I was expecting more. I found that the main character annoyed me a little. Why did everyone treat him like he was about to break. They knew nothing about him, but could sense that something was wrong?
Well, this was a very quick and easy read. It brought me back to high school and how important it was to be with your friends and how emotional those years were.
However, the main character, Charlie (and many of the other characters, too) simply cried too much! Yes, seriously, Charlie, a 16 year old boy hardly went a scene without crying over something. Weird.
Anyway, I was quite surprised by the ending but it explained a lot. I am definitely irked though, that I don't think I will ever know who Charlie was writing his letters to.
Why does that not seem to bother anyone else?