Originally at The Secret Life of a Bookworm
This is definitely one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. I was slightly apprehensive about reading it because I didn't know whether I was going to enjoy it or not, but after the first letter I knew I was going to love this book.
Charlie is definitely one of the most memorable characters ever. I'll always remember him. He's such a naive and lonely boy at the start of the novel, and I loved seeing his development throughout the book. It was Charlie telling his story, so the reader always knew how Charlie was feeling. There were times where I was so happy for Charlie, and other times I just wanted to give him a huge hug. He was a complicated character because of everything going on in his life and things he had been repressing and blaming himself for. But I gradually saw him coming out of his shell, and I felt to proud of him. He was slightly awkward and sometimes did the completely wrong thing, but I just adored Charlie so much.
Patrick and Sam were brilliant friends for Sam. From that moment when Patrick invited Charlie to sit with them, I knew that everything was starting to look up for him.
Patrick was so funny, and always knew what to do to make Charlie feel better. He introduced Charlie to his friends, and Charlie started to feel like he belonged.
I loved Sam. She was great for Charlie. He loved her so much, and they were so close. I always enjoyed seeing their interactions and I was keeping my fingers crossed for the moment when they would finally get together.
Charlie's English teacher was a main part of his development too. It was his teacher that first told him to participate instead of standing on the sidelines which led to Charlie meeting Sam & Patrick, and becoming to man he was at the end of the novel. His teacher was always giving him extra novels and essays to write because he thought Charlie was special and had a gift. He helped Charlie a lot.
There were some side stories inter-twined with Charlie's story, like: his sister & her boyfriend; his brother at college; Sam & Craig and Patrick & Derek. Charlie was always trying to do the right thing and even though he sometimes went about it the wrong way, he always had everyone's' best intentions at heart.
By the end of the book, I was so proud of Charlie for everything he accomplished and managed to let go. I was so happy for him and I was positive that Charlie would enjoy the rest of his high school experience and live his life to the fullest.
Overall, this was such a brilliant coming of age story. Charlie experimented, fell in love and learned to participate. It's a story I will always hold close to my heart and one I will revisit over and over again.