Reviewed by: Caressa
I give it: 3.5/5 stars(Summary from Goodreads)
"Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt."
In honor of Banned Books Week, amazing reviews and ratings, and a large community of people loving every part of this novel, I was pick to pick this novel up at the library. This novel suggestion has been flirting in and out of reading career for a year or so, but I didn't really pick up this book with a lot of expectations. And there were an extreme amount of important topics in this novel but I didn't really enjoy it.
My best dislike(and like) of the novel comes from the writing style; Charlie begins the book with simple middle school language and poor sentence structure and as he grows, reads, and learns his writing becomes more fluid and correct. This beautifully portrays his growth. Yet, it was difficult for me to see a child so young making the relationships he did (although, not at all remarkable or improbable).
There were some fantastically important issues in this novel, being on top of the world, drugs, sex, autism, depression, first dates, The Rocky Picture Horror Show, etc, etc.
And one line particularly touched me, "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." (pg 39)
That really sold the novel for me. Things change and problems are everywhere but when you really branch out and find friends there are some really amazing times even if (as with Charlie) depression follows.
I really think I would suggest this book to people on individual cases, and also universally (each recommendation to touch different topics). Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? Leave your thoughts in comments or link your own review. ;)