This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. The book follows Charlie, the young protagonist, as he gradually emerges from his timid shell and learns to "participate" in the world. It reminded me to muster the courage to truly be present in my own life instead of cowering in the safety of the homebody and wallflower roles. The narration was pretty good as well, however, he sounds like a "valley girl" when he narrates female roles, which is rather annoying. Overall, it was a great performance and superb story!
I like magical realism.
I really enjoyed the book in both audio format and book form. I'm not sure which way I preferred, but I liked the audiobook well enough. The narrator sounded a little younger than I would have anticipated, so it was a little weird when very adult topics were covered, but that's really not enough to give it anything less than four stars. It was a quality audiobook that I would recommend to anyone that grew up in middle class suburbia.
I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....
I came across this title while browsing through a list of suggested books I might like based on prior purchases. Those things are pretty accurate – I really liked this story. At the time, I didn’t realize they made it into a movie (I haven’t seen it) or that it was written way back in 1999. To me, the main character Charlie was Cameron Crowe + Conrad from Ordinary People + Neil from Dead Poet’s Society. The story follows Charlie through his freshman year of high school through a series of letters he writes to an unnamed recipient. He describes his many turbulent adventures with family, friends and acquaintances, and learns to participate in life and not just observe. I would be very interested to know what happens to Charlie and his friends in the unwritten future, a true test of an author’s ability to make the reader care about his characters. As I haven’t seen the movie or even a trailer, in my mind Charlie looks like Kurt from Glee. Don’t know what that means…..
The Perks of this Novel, My Best Friend, Charlie.
The book travels through the life of Charley, a high school student, who encounters just about everything that could happen to a confused high schooler.he is an innocent child and soon exploors the world of sex drugs and rock and roll. every thought you could possibly have is in this book. This book takes you back to your days as a high school freshman. It reminds you about love, loss, and recoverry. Chobosky shows you life in the eyes of Charlie. Through his journey from the shy freshman to someone who has changed and made new frirends. This is a book you can read over and over again, and find something that you didnt know before. I highly recommend this book, it's amazing!
This series of letters by a teenage boy truly did capture the narrator in all his thoughtful idiosyncrasies. I thought I would love this coming-of-age story, but I got halfway through and realized that there was not much of a story here. It was a series of interesting vignettes, but that was not enough to sustain my interest and continue into the second half of this novel. One problem is that outside of the angst-plagued teenage boy narrator, none of the other characters came alive to me. The writing is great, with so much of teen life right on. But the many details that made me smile were not enough to keep my interest.
I like "coming of age" stories & this is a sweet story, with good narration, but I hate the format of the letters written to an unknown person. I wasn't offended by any of the content but it's definitely not appropriate for teens.
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.