I bought this for my teenage daughters. It has, so far, adult situations I don't care for my daughters to be listening too. i don't think I can finish listening to it. I found it disgusting.
I never read the print version so I couldn't say
I enjoyed it because you could tell the narrator was the same age as the protagonist. It was refreshing getting the perspective of the young man read by a young man.
I think it's when Sam (Samantha) kisses Charlie and tells him that she wants him to be kissed the first time by someone that cares about him. In light of the fact that Charlie is in love with Sam, it is bittersweet and beautiful.
Charlie. He's the main charactor and he goes through some amazing, terrifying, and ultimately enlightening experiences. And he tells of these experiences with such straightforward honesty.
I like that it is written in letter form and that Charlie always signs off the same way, "Love always, Charlie." I love the honesty of this charactor and all the charactors. It's a good listen.
Easy to listen to story that was entertaining and engrossing, even though quite unbelievable. Still enjoyed it, and would recommend it especially for someone who graduated from high school in the late 80's/early 90's. Captures this "era" well!
Coming of Age.
Sam -- She dealt so gently with the main character.
When Patrick is getting beat up and our wallflower jumps in and beats off the other guys.
Patrick - it is still rare that a gay character receives such a moving and honest portrayal.
Great listening while doing housework or just about anyhting where you want your mind somewhere else. Honest and emotional.
This was only the second audio book I've purchased but I'm now officially hooked. The story seemed almost more realistic being read by Galvin. I don't know how old he actually is but he really nailed the portrayal of an anxious teen.
It was moving without being sappy and funny while still very sincere.
Perfect voice for the lead character. I've since found some narrators take away from the story by putting their own personality into the character but either Galvin was the perfect choice because he already had the characters personality or he really let the story speak through him.
...but pretty gracefully.
For a book that discusses so many issues, it still manages to not take itself too seriously. The story unfolds like peeling the many layers of an onion.
This book didn't "wow" me but I quite enjoyed the listen. The characters are likeable and each bring a flavour to the book.
Overall, would encourage you to give it a go!
I will listen to this story again, because I know I missed some of the clues which lead to the ending that tugged at my heart. I should have seen it coming, yet somehow I missed it....It is a beautiful story about growth and self discovery.
The story slowly draws you in and you become attached to Charlie. You see him grow and change and wrestle with adolescence. It was so easy to relate to his confusion, his feelings, his fears and the more I read and the more letters Charlie wrote, the more I cared for him. This is a story about a very emotional young man and his journey of self discovery. Understanding who he is in relation to the world is not easy for him, but is a journey the reader wants to take with him.
Noah was able to bring Charlie to life. He was able to make him real, his emotions, his confusion came to life and as the reader I felt every emotion Noah conveyed, as Charlie. I would be interested in listening to other books narrated by Noah. Great job!
I felt every breath Charlie took, every panic attack, every joy, every confusion.....thanks to Noah Galvin!
I'm interested to see the movie.........somehow I dont know if it will touch me the way this book has
Narrator does a good job of convincing reader that he's Charlie. Also Charlie is a funny writer.
The twist at the end.
wow, wow, wow. The miracle of reading is not knowing when you pick up a new author what you'll find inside. In an audible book the magic of the perfect voice mixed with a beautiful story is - well, magic. Loved this so much
I'm going to give this one 3 stars, because I don't really know how I feel about it. What I really want to say is WTF?
There is so much going on in this book...not all of it realistic.
To tell the truth, I was in love with the story until the very end. The last twist to the story left me felling sad and a little weirded out.
The narrator, Noah Galvin, was pretty great. He made the story much more enjoyable.