J. Jason Gale
The story was adequate, but it was told first-person by a freshman in high school. Therefore, it was written at a high school level. Early on I got tired of sentences ending with "I guess", but the author was just getting warmed up.
Also, I kept asking myself why socially sophisticated and sexually active teens would suffer the company of a nerdy, cry baby virgin with psychotic episodes.
I wish I could recommend this book, but alas, such is not the case.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
The Narrator - awesome job.
The story of how Patrick got his name to be nothing...gotta love high school.
Noah is awesome. His voice was perfect for this book. I loved how he switched characters and how their voices changed, not drastic but you hear the difference.
The story is really about growing up and how one kid functioned amongst dysfunction. It makes me want to watch the movie.
The narrator was very good in this book. I cannot think of a better narrator for this story. The story was also very good.
I like stories that make you think and worry about the character. I don't like Rambo type books where the main character is a black belt in karate, happens to be an excellent marksman, and is an undercover secret agent. This book has none of that. It is a story of a kid trying to deal with life and relationships. The main character is well developed and presented. It is worth your time.
I love audiobooks. Reading has always been a struggle for me because of my poor eyesight. Audible changed my world and made my commutes a joy.
The best part about this book is that teenage daze, which the author delivers in his writing. I can imagine it being hard to write a book from the perspective of a teenager when the author is an adult, but Mr. Chbosky manages to transform himself into his teenage alter-ego and deliver a great first person narrative.
The narrator does a good job channeling young "Charlie".
The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.
Honest. Shocking. Insightful.
It's kind of like reading someones diary but in a different way.
It reminded me that this is a teenage boy writing the letters. His voice lent an innocence to the letters that I may not have had if I had read it myself.
I really like Charlie. He's honest and innocent.
I am a 38 year old mom of two teenagers, a boy and a girl. Sometimes I read teen lit so I can be reminded of how teen minds really work. This book was a little shocking but probably not too far off the mark for many teens.I found it interesting that this book takes place in the early 90s. That's when I was in school. Some of the things mentioned in the book seem a bit more like today.
I was very bored by the story, the way he described conversations, and more importantly I was very upset by, what I felt was, inconsistency in the main character - mainly from what I perceived of Charlie through his words and actions and the way his teacher vocalized his perceptions of Charlie (they do not match at all).
No because I have a feeling this could have been a better story if it was written better, less drawn out and if the climax was reached sooner so that more could be told about the events that follow.
Dry, Slow, Pubescent
Confusion, boredom, disappointment
I am glad I got this book on credit because I would have been very disappointed if I'd paid for it. I'm curious to know what the movie turned out like - hoping it was able to fix the problems I felt were in the book, to their best ability.
Falls behind The Time Traveler's Wife, but only just. Very high on my list.
No one character stands out.. they all bring something to the story.
There is NOBODY else who could have done this audiobook. Noah sounded exactly like a high school freshman. He captured the angst, the frustration, the joy, and everything else that the protagonist, Charlie, expressed.
I thought the story was well written and complex. I kept trying to figure out where the story was going and predict the ending, but you can't really do that with this story. You just have to listen and accept and take it in. It really made me think about my own life and I think everyone can take away something from the story. The narration was great too.
Charlie, you just had to root for him the entire time. The audience goes on a roller coaster ride with his emotions. Charlies sister was a close second. You could really tell the family dynamics, and I admired her support of her brother even with her own problems.
Being from Pittsburgh, the Ft. Pitt Tunnel scene was easy to visualize and made me smile.
Experience the life of a wallflower.
The only negativity is that I really disagreed with the underage drinking and drug use. It didn't change my opinion of the story, but I really wish he would've stopped smoking...
You keep wanting to continue after each chapter to see how the characters evolve. From Charlie, Sam, Charlies Sister, to his parents. The book deals with young people coming of age with the realities of the world. Topics from drug use to today relationships are examined. Was worth reading the movie didn't touch this book.
Charlie was quite entertaining. Was waiting to see what came next.
Would recommend reading this book especially if you have young children. Reminds you of the challenges that young children coming of age face today. Made you think of how you reacted in situations that you faced at that age.
Better than I expected....not just for young people...but for all to enjoy. Look foward to reading more from the author