I read this book for the first time in 2015 (so when I am writing this) and sadly, it was after I watched the movie. But I like both the book and the movie. The book gives you a different feel though. You are getting letters from a young boy trying to weave his way through the horror that is high school (seriously, horror).
There aren’t chapters, but parts. Each part as a series of letters about a different important part of his first year in high school. He gets new friends, Patrick and Sam, he gets in fights with his sister, his first kiss, his first time dealing with drugs and/or alcohol, etc.
Charlie is loveable and all around the reason why you keep reading this book. He is innocent and honest and has an intense depth of intelligence.
If you are looking for a book with an intense plot, then you need to keep looking. Really the interesting thing about this book is the way Charlie thinks and how he reacts to things. He isn’t sure why he reacts to some things at a very intense level. He is blunt to a point that it will make you laugh. Death, gay, sexual assault, sex, love, drugs, anger, secrets: these are all a part of this book and I would recommend this book to anyone no matter what their age is.
It’s an eye opener.