“So if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good for me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough,”
I finally got around to reading this book after having heard extensively about the movie. The book takes the form of a diary, written by 15-year-old freshman, Charlie. He is trying to navigate his way through life – friendships, school, relationships, music, sexuality, death…
This book was written in 1999 and set in 1991-1992. The perils and struggles of teens has never really changed in the intervening 20 years. It is a ‘coming of age’ novel, but is also quite dark at its heart.
I think the reason I avoided this book for so long was because I thought it would just be like one of countless books which have a dull narrative and forgettable characters. I read this book in a few days, and I really recommend it if you are looking for a new book to try. Be warned, though, you will feel very morose when you have finished reading the book. It made me feel empty inside, but in a good way…if that makes sense??
MY RATING: ****.5 / *****