This is one of those books that has been very highly on my TBR list for a while now and I am so glad that I have finally gotten around to reading it. I have heard so many things about this book, both positive and negative, and ever since I have wanted to read and devour it for myself.
This book has a new type of style, which is a great experience for a reader when it comes to reading new types and different styles of books. This book is told from the point of view of Charlie, through him writing letters to an unknown person, explaining his life, his feelings, the events going on in his life and everything else. It is through these countless letters that we discover and learn about Charlie, his family and his friends. Of course, we also learn that Charlie and all of the other names and places are all just pen names, to hide his identity, so the person who he’s writing to, won’t discover who he is and where he is. Through these letters we discover and go through life with Charlie. Charlie is socially awkward, shy and intelligent beyond his years.
I really enjoyed reading this book and is was a new experience for me, especially with the style of writing and overall style that this book has set up, with the letters. I do find myself feeling irritated, sorry, pitied, happy, and so many different feelings for “Charlie” throughout the entire of this book. It is definitely a book that has got me thinking and still thinking after I’ve finished it. I am a little disappointed because I was somehow thinking that after waiting for so long to read this book, that it was going to somehow different and maybe better than what it was. Maybe this was because it has been one of the highest books on my TBR list for so long and I have built up this big expectation of this book inside my head, that it just couldn’t live up to it. But that is my fault, not this books.
There are so many different issues that are looked at, or glimpsed at, throughout this whole novel. From drugs, to suicide, to child molestation, to possibly autism, are some of the issues looked at in this book. I don’t think that this book particularly deals with these issues to the best of their abilities, especially considering that this is a book that a lot of teenagers and young adults will be reading this book. In my opinion, some of these topics are just glanced at and then passed onto the next big issue. There were many things that were hinted at, but never fully confirmed. The rape that is mentioned, I believe was with a certain person (I don’t want to say who as to spoilers) but this isn’t confirmed nor denied, and the fact that Charlie may have autism is something that is very strongly hinted, but as it is told from Charlie’s point of view, this is again not confirmed nor denied. There have been books that have been able to do books about certain topics, difficult topics, and do them very well, maybe because they look at one of them at a time and are able to focus the whole book on developing it all correctly.
Maybe, you have to look at this book from a different angle. A boy with autism, finally gets friends, who like him for him and he likes them for them. Both of them are outcasts in their own ways. They are able to bring him out of himself and make him see the whole world around him a little bit more clearer. A way his family haven’t been able to, out of not wanting to or not understanding him. It is through his new eyes that he is able to see certain things. As he’s always been a “wallflower” he’s been able to see more of the world around him than other people have, and now he is able to understand some of those things he’s seen. Uncovering the truth. Told you this book makes you think and that’s just one of my theories.
I would recommend this book and it should be a book somebody reads at least once in their life. I know that I would Re-Read this book.