“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
I don’t know why I didn’t pick up this book before, but I’m glad I had the chance to actually listen to it in the audiobook format.
The narrator was spot on with the story. It was funny in some certain scenes and was able to capture the character’s personality very well with the journal entries. I did enjoy the surrealism of how one tries to find normalcy in the young adulthood. High school can be hard due to peer pressure and trying to find yourself along the way. Charlie seems to understand that concept of trying to be “normal” and do what normal kids do.
Charlie is a relatable character for anyone who is having the trouble of just going with the flow. He overthinks, and makes things a little more difficult to go along with what’s consider normal. His parents and siblings find him odd and more of an outcast. They can’t comprehend he’s being the way he is. There are moments when they seem to connect and have the unconditional love with one another. I find those moments precious.
The plot is more than what it seems. You cannot see it until the very end. It unravels the whole reason of how he is and it’s mind blowing for me. His mentality of the trauma he experienced began to expose itself when he was left alone to deal when all his friends went to college. Maybe the loneliness made him deal with what’s been troubling him for some time.
It’s a classic coming of age novel that I wish my English teacher would have made us read during out high school. It deals with mental health, and it talks about LGBT and how one is trying to find a path of their own. I give it 4 out 5 stars.