Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is attempting to navigate through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and music - when all one requires to feel infinite is that perfect song on that perfect drive. Standing on the fringes of life Charlie has a unique perspective of the world around him, but there comes a time to stop being a wallflower and see what it looks like from the dance floor. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion has become a modern classic. Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating and through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
This book was really helpful to me and I related to the characters extremely well. I like this book because it shows that even people in books aren't always heroes and that sometimes we can connect with them because of their quirks and imperfections.
Read In One Sitting -
I read this in one sitting, and then I went and watched the movie straight after. Both were pretty fabulous.
I loved the diary-style of this book (I know there's a snazzy name for that, but I'm drawing a blank right now). It reminded me of Adrian Mole, and I loved those books. The style also made for a quick, but really insightful read, that felt honest and realistic because it was so uncensored, and I love that. I don't know if I will re-read this book, and I don't know that it really blew me away. I do think it's a book worth reading at least once in your lifetime though.