"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars
A coming of age story, Charlie is a freshman who is shy and intelligent beyond his years but also socially awkward. He’s a bit weird and tends to cry a lot, but is also very deep and introspective. Unfortunately he has spent most of his time sticking to the sidelines in life. He is told he needs to “participate” and ends up meeting and becoming friends with 2 seniors, a sister and brother by the names of Sam and Patrick. Through their friendship, Charlie enters the world of first dates, family drama, sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Oh, and feeling infinite. These are his letters to whomever is reading the book telling you of his journey.
What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said by so many others? I loved it. I can’t begin to describe how much I loved it. I’ve read so many books that I liked, but never has one stuck with me so strongly. I absolutely adored the main character, Charlie. He was likeable from the first sentence and I liked him more and more as I continued to read his letters. Wise and yet so innocent at the same time, some of the things he said just made you pause and think. His initial struggle to participate in life and understand people around him really resonated with me. I guess I can relate to him on some level because I was a wallflower. Not quite like Charlie of course, and it’s been many, many years since I was in high school, but I definitely saw myself in him quite a few times throughout his letters. I understood him. I really can’t describe it. All I can say is this is most definitely now my favorite book and one of the best I have ever read. I can’t recommend this book enough to anyone who has ever felt like a wallflower….or anyone who hasn’t.
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