My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I rarely re-read books, but this one held up a five-star rating twice. This book follows the journey of one shy, possibly autistic boy through the course of one school year. Starting out as a loner, Charlie takes the advice of his therapist and tries to make friends and “participate” in life. With the help of some older kids and one attentive teacher who take him under their wing, Charlie shares his favorite songs and books and his best and worst days with us, giving us a glimpse into his honest thoughts. Side by side, we experience the pain of remembering difficult things; beginning to understand adult problems, grieving loved ones and withered friendships, overcoming trauma and the joy of growing into oneself. This highly quotable novel reads like a journal-memoir, and may be a good high school readers’ advisory pick when the film is released in 2012.
If you are a Spotify user, check out the playlist I created of music mentioned in the book.