Author: Stephen Chbosky.
Published June 2009 by MTV Books and Pocket Books (first published February 1st 1999)
Synopsis (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.My opinion:
It’s always difficult to review a book loved by so many (and hated by many, too).
When I read this book last June, I had very high expectations. I was hoping it would be as amazing as most of the people said it was. Well, I know one thing for sure: It wasn’t my kind of book.
I was very disappointed.
The book is written as a series of letters that Charlie, the main character, sends to an unknown character. In the letters, Charlie shares his adventures and feelings even when he knows he’s not going to receive any answers or advices.
The book is beautiful written. It has some amazing quotes (I even marked them as my favorite in goodreads) and that was the only reason I kept reading.
I couldn’t relate to Charlie at first. He was too naïve and his behavior went from childish to senseless throughout the book. Anyway, at the end you learn that there’s something in his past that can explain some of his behavior and that he needs help.
Charlie’s plot didn’t bother me. The book would have been so much better if the author had focused only in Charlie’s plot. But the author wanted each secondary character to have experiences and situations people –teenagers mostly- could relate to and sometimes when you try to cover too many subjects you end up not doing it well. Everything was mess. The secondary character’s plots were weak, very bad developed and totally unnecessary. I couldn’t read three pages without thinking “Why am I reading is? Why did I even start reading it? Why God, why? Is this a punishment?”
The book goes from decent to boring and it doesn’t get any better.
But that’s my opinion. Maybe you’ll hate it or end up totally loving it. That’s the beauty of reading. There’s always a book for you and a reader for a book.
2 out of 5
It was ok.