Charlie is a freshman and while he is not the biggest geek in school, he is no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his ears years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friend; the world of sex and drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
Charlie was a wallflower who understands things and kept quiet about them, he was looking for a place for belonging and wanted to understand the world from his point. His story that was heart-felt from the very beginning was able to make someone cried and empathised from reading it. His character was relatable and personal to me as I felt connected to him while reading the letters he sent for me. He was special and meeting friends such as Sam and Patrick made him ‘participate’ in life more. He was able to view matters differently than others of his peers and just reading his thoughts was indeed beautiful.
I felt that the only issue I had with this beautiful written book is how at times Charlie letters were disconnected. He kept on digressing from the topic to write about another before getting back to it. At times, it does get confusing to read due to the nature of Charlie writing but he was able to link back to his original topic.
In all, the writing of this book used simple languages but one have to be able to read it well to fully understand as Charlie’s letters are mostly metaphorical. I love that he was able to figure things out by the end and things are good with him, and even when it’s not, they will be soon enough.