It 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.
There is more to the jacket description, but I feel that these two sentences captures enough of the feeling of the book. I could literally not put this book down. I usually have a hard time with books that are written as journals or letters because I feel that there is just too little description about the rest of the world outside the protagonist’s mind. However, this was not one of those books. Charlie really brings the rest of the characters from the book alive, delving into their daily interactions. Many times (until the next date popped up on the page) I would forget that I was reading a series of letters. And Charlie doesn’t just explain his friends and his family. He also gives vivid descriptions of himself and his struggle with depression, which strikes hardest around his birthday. You see him grow from this grief stricken kid to a young person who isn’t afraid of letting his feelings show. And this makes him stronger.
If ever there was a book written for teens on what high-school can be, this is it.
This is going to be a movie!! And according to the IMDb website, Emma Watson has already been casted as Sam, with Logan Lerman as Charlie. I can’t wait to see some trailers for this!