And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Stephen Chbosky
This book was awesome. That’s the best way to describe it. Or maybe “infinite” as the book describes it.
The book is written very different from most other books. Charlie, the narrator, writes letters to his “friend.” What I found interesting about the writing style was how well it worked for the story. The book was written to be basically a collection of letters from Charlie’s freshman year in high school.
Something unique, if you have not yet read this book, is that it was written to be set in 1991-92, even though it was published in 1999. It’s a bit fun to read “into the past” while still reading a story that has many lines that are heard more often now than they were 20 years ago, when it was actually written.
The story about Patrick and Brad is the main story that was written before it’s time. The “flamboyant outcast” and the “jock football quarterback” having a homosexual relationship but trying to hide it is a scene that is heard of more in 2013 than it was in 1992 when this book was set. The sad ending to their relationship is one that I would be willing to bet is more common that we hear about.
The book ends with an unexpected twist that explains some things that maybe as a reader we didn’t originally understand. Finding out about his aunt and what happened with her opened the reader’s eyes to why Charlie was the way he was. It brings up some thoughts about how we see other people. Charlie is described as a “wallflower” in the sense that he sees things, understands, but doesn’t talk about them. I think the mark of a good book is when you finish it and keep thinking about it and how it applies to your own life. This book made me think that no matter how a person is, loud or quiet, there is more to that person that what we know and even what they may know.
Overall, this book makes you think. Think about those around you, your love life, and everyone that you meet and the effect that you have on them. If you haven’t read this book, I recommend you read it as soon as you can.