- Reading level: 12+ years
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Media Tie-In edition (14 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781451696196
- ISBN-13: 978-1451696196
- ASIN: 1451696191
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 318 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings:
I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.
With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis --
About the Author
About the Author: Stephen Chbosky was born on January 25, 1970. He is an American novelist, screen writer and film director. Chbosky was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of South California in screenwriting program.
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I bought this as a gift for a friend. It's got Catcher in the rye vibes (By J.D Salinger). It's worth the read and then you can follow it up by watching the movie, which has the gorgeous and talented Emma Watson and the equally fantastic Logan Lerman.
"We accept the love we think we deserve"
"Things change and friends leave, life doesn't stop for anybody" "So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."
Do read the book for more beautiful lines!
I am in total love with Charlie! He has a charm different from any MCU I have come across.
A chocolate boy, shy, driven, intellectually appealing and what not.
Love how beautifully the book is written, Chbosky has done a fabulous job at creating flashbacks and has amazingly directed the entire storyline