author: Stephen Chbosky
genre: Fiction, love, life, letters
dates read: June 12th – June 13th
review: 5 out of 5 stars
summary: Charlie is 15 years old and writes letters to an unknown recipient, who he heard was a good listener. As with all 15 year olds, his life has ups and downs and Charlie shares them all. His first letter is written right before his freshman year of high school, and as he makes friends and learns about life and love, he brings his “Dear friend” along. He quickly becomes friends with Patrick and Sam, step siblings who bring him into their fold. He thinks that Sam is the most beautiful girl in the world and falls in love, though she tells him not to think of her that way. He speaks frankly and simply, and through the letters, tells of his highs and lows, his nervous break downs, and his brilliant insights.
personal thoughts: The writing style fit the age of the narrator and I think it gave depth to the story. As an avid reader myself, I could appreciate the same quality in Charlie, especially his statement that each book he finished became his new favorite. His pure love for those he loved was beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking. And I loved all his personalized gifts, the way he so clearly paid attention to the individual he was giving too. That is how I want to be, someone who listens and loves well.
“‘Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.'” p. 24
“I guess I realized at that moment that I really does love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn’t matter.” p. 179