“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
I have been wanting to read this book for a really long time, I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it! I think most book lovers have heard of this book, and probably have a good idea what it’s about. It is about Charlie, a wallflower, who is naturally inclined to observe rather than participate. Throughout the book Charlie makes attempts to get more involved, encouraged by his new group of friends.
This book covers various themes associated with adolescence. In tone and style it reminded me quite a bit of the Catcher in the Rye. It had very simple sentence structure, and the way that feelings and events were explained was very straightforward. I think this may have been a way to show some of Charlie’s naivety.
The book is written in letter format, each addressed ‘Dear Friend’. We never find out who the letters are written to, but I did wonder about this throughout. I don’t always like it when books are written in letters, but sometimes it can work well, such as in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Colour Purple. I think it works well in this case also.
I found the character of Charlie very endearing. I thought it was unusual how his response to upsetting things was to burst out crying, irregardless of if he was in a group of people. I don’t know how realistic this is, but it was interesting. We follow Charlie throughout a school year, as he goes through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in an American high school.
I really enjoyed this book, and having finished it, I’m happy that I can finally watch the film!
Favourite quote? “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” That is the kind of quote that if I used Pinterest more often I’d want to find a little picture with this quote on. I think I may go and do that actually.