This is an epistle novel that tells the experiences of the first year of high school of Charlie, a problematic guy who overcomes his shyness through Patrick and Sam friendship, last year's students. It is a very exciting book for teenagers and more. In the end you are really affectionate to the protagonist, and it's great to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the '90s, between the mixed cassettes and the music of the period. The novel is well-built: the protagonist narrates his story in first person and succeeds in giving a tone of ambiguity, making the receiver of his letters anonymous throughout the narration. The final is unexpected but it closes the circle of the story very well.
As far as I am concerned, what really makes the book unique is the sweetness and the purity of emotions that characterizes Charlie, which, in the end, represents a bit of all those timid teenagers in the first year of high school and remembers how rich of commotions, disturbances and unrest is the adolescence of each of us.
Light enough, but never to be superficial.
Taken from the book, it takes place in an intimate dimension. While I was looking at it, I was completely connected with the protagonist and his personal experiences, his world and his way of life.
Main differences between the book and the film. (These are things that are present in the book and not in the film).
- in the book, Charlie's sister is pregnant
- in the book, the name of the fast food is "Big Boy", in the film is "The King"
- in the book, Charlie smokes
- in the book, some of the names of Charlie's family are not explicit
- in the book, Charlie knows Mary Elizabeth and Alice long time after
- in the book, Charlie can drive
- in the book, when Patrick and Charlie go to a park, Charlie meets the guy who reads the sports news
- in the book, there are many more references to Charlie's family, such as the relationship with the brother, already at the university
- in the film, many scenes are not included
- in the book, Charlie express more often his feelings for Sam and openly tells her that he loves her
Personally, I preferred the book more than the movie, mainly because, as a epistle novel written in first person, the protagonist's emotions emerge more in motion, even though in the film you are able to see the expressions. In the book, in my opinion, the emotions that Charlie wants to express are more highlighted. Instead, the final, as far as the relationship with his friends has gone, I liked the movie more, as it seems that Charlie and Sam have managed to start the relationship Charlie would have always wanted.
This is a phrase that is repeated more than once in both the film and the book and it has struck me particularly because it represents in full, in my opinion, the kind of love that two people are conditioned to try each other.
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley