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.
I would definitely listen to this book again, its a clever coming of age story that is relatable to me as well as to many others I should assume. It is constructed nicely and the author can actually write. The subtle shifting of nuance within the book portray the fragility of this world which is not so uncommon from our own.