Author: Stephen Chbosky
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Publish Date: February 1999
My friend Rhiannon bought me this book a few years ago and I finally got round to reading it!
This book was a very good read. The story follows the life of Charlie through a series of letters that he writes to a stranger that he refers to as friend. It begins August 25, 1991 before starting freshman year of high school. The book explores many themes such as sexuality, mental health, substance abuse and suicide.
I loved seeing the development of Charlie’s character throughout the story. At the beginning he is very shy and lonely with no friends. He then meets Patrick and Sam who become his best friends. Charlie goes through so many emotions throughout the book and as a reader all I wanted was for Charlie to be happy. The issues that the book explores are done in such a touching way. It also shows that even when someone seems fine on the outside they can still be dealing with something big on the inside. I never wanted this book to end, I just wanted to continue knowing more about Charlie’s life.
We accept the love we think we deserve
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 would die for you. But I won’t live for you.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 out of 5
I’m planning on watching the film next so I will post a review on that soon!