Paperback, 213 pages
Published February 1999 by MTV Books and Pocket Books
(first published 1999)
I loved this book! It reminded me of a sort of modern version of Catcher in the Rye. Great coming of age story. I feel YA readers as well as adults, should find this book easy to relate to, as we've all had moments in our lives when we've felt like an outsider, or different, especially in our youth.
I found myself wondering who Charlie's letters were intended for. Were they written to Charlie himself, as some sort of therapy for the events he'd experienced prior? Were they to his deceased Aunt, whose significance I can't discuss without giving an important piece of the story away. Was the recipient not so symbolic, but literally a classmate or peer of Charlie's? Or, were WE the person Charlie was writing to? Was this a way for the author to build intimacy between us and the main character?
“I love Twinkies, and the reason I am saying that is because we are all supposed to think of reasons to live.”
“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”