A little while before Charlie, the main character, starts his freshman year of high school, his friend commits suicide. Smart and quiet Charlie is trying to learn to “participate” in life. He soon becomes friends with a group of older kids who introduce him to partying and drugs, but also respect his sensitivity. In the book, Charlie writes letters to an anonymous stranger; he talks about his family, his friends, and his difficult and often overwhelming feelings about growing up. One day before all of Charlie’s friends go off to college, his longtime crush tells him, “You can’t keep putting other’s needs ahead of yours”. Charlie slowly becomes more present in his life.
I recommend this book for people 14 and up, mostly because this book has sexual content. The characters in this book are drinking, doing drugs, and smoking. This book has a high school atmosphere, so what do you expect? But it is still a very good book to read. If I could, I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.