I started out by watching the movie. It was impressively done with stellar performances by the entire cast. So, of course, I knew I had to read or listen to the book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, because the entire story is told to you by Charlie as he writes letters to "Dear Friend", which happens to be all of us who go on this journey. But I was greatly surprised that this method of writing made it more personal for me as if Charlie was writing the letters directly to me. It was a one-on-one with this boy who has seen and experienced all the wonderful, and bad, things about high school.
I don't give out five stars very often, but this audiobook certainly deserved every one of them.
By the way, Patrick is a hoot in the book and the movie.
These characters reminded me of so many friends I've lost touch with since my school days. This book brought them all back, if only for a brief time.
I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Great short story,if you've seen the movie then you need to read the book.This is a story that will take you back to high school then throw you for a loop at the end!! If I had to pick I would watch the movie!!! Watch it you can't go wrong...
Yes. I loved it.
I've never read one quite like this before. Audible recommended exlee but I did not fing these books to have anything in common except for the fact that the main characters were smart young boys
Life! He did an awesome job!
The truth about life
I liked this book so much I rented the movie. I am not generally a movie person. The movie was good but the book was awesome
Though provoking, yet entertaining
Complete and meaningful ending
At times, made it like normal conversation, which is the voice and tone of the book. The only problem I had was that he over pronounced the ends of words, and this became irritating at times.
I cried my eyes out! I loved this book and never wanted it to end! I loved every minute! It is a truely wonderful story that touched my heart!
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.