When I saw the preview for this movie, I thought to myself…yeah, another teen flick! I’m totally into those movies where there’s a misunderstood, angsty teenager just trying to make it through high school. Think Can’t Hardly Wait, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club. I didn’t actually see the movie, but that was my understanding of the plot before reading the book. This book is WAY more depressing than that. At a high level, it’s about a high school freshman that is taken under the wing of 2 seniors who welcome him into the real world. Surprise, surprise…Charlie is a wallflower, shy, unpopular…and living life in his head and not reality. There’s a somewhat poetic irony in that he is both innocence, oblivious about life’s ugliness, yet enlightened and perceptive at the same time. I’m not going to give anything away, but just know that this might not be the best book to ready during the holidays if you’re down. However, it’s a quick read and written really well. One of my favorite quotes from the book: “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” I’ll just leave you with that to marinate on.
(A special thanks to Cinderella in Rubber Shoes for the pix of the book.)