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Heroes: Saving Charlie

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  727 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Viewers of the first season of NBC's award-winning mega-hit Heroes were captivated by the temporally challenged romance of Osaka computer geek Hiro Nakamura and Midland, Texas, waitress Charlie Andrews. In this original novel, fully authorized by Heroes' creators, readers can finally witness the fast-forward, fast-back saga of lovestruck Hiro and Charlie.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2007)
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Tom Rokins
I had to debate whether to give this book a two or a three. As you can see, I settled on the two. I believe the only thing that made me lean towards the three was the connection to Heroes, as it focuses on two of my favourite characters from the show: Charlie and Hiro.

The book is pretty below-par, for the most part. There are a few good moments (some of which are lifted wholesale from the TV programme) and a handful of nice bits, but on the whole, this is bog standard chick-lit. Which is odd, co
Feb 19, 2008 MissM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
A case of trying to hard coupled with mediocre writing, this book really didn't do it for me. The author even somehow managed to turn the single most lovable character in Heroes into an annoying, emotional, even whiny unlikable loser. I get that Hiro isn't perfect and that he's kinda been a disappointment to his father and all, but many times did they have to get into his utter lack of ever even managing to kiss a girl? Or, the need to bash us over the head with his extremely exaggera ...more
Sep 03, 2011 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the episode where Hiro goes back in time to save Charlie. This novel follows the back story that the episode didn't show. Unfortunately, it's a generally pretty tedious attempt to cash-in on the 'success' of the Heroes franchise. If only the series had been cancelled before this book got the green-light...
Hoku Ho
Jan 01, 2008 Hoku Ho rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV show "Heroes" who are looking for a light read.
The reason I gave this book such a low rating is because the scope of it's audience is really, in my opinion, limited to fans of the TV show, "Heroes". The other reason I rated it so low is because the writing is very, for lack of a better word, young. It reminded me of those books you read as a and fluffy writing that moves along and entertains, but can pretty much be taken at face value. Not that there's anything wrong with that...if you are looking for a light read and love "He ...more
Jon Arnold
At least this as an interesting approach to a TV tie-in novel; instead of more exciting adventures with the characters from the series it’s a character piece based on it, a romance with superpowers. That choice is the best thing about the book though. What this story could have been is a tragic, doomed romance which, knowing the ending, breaks your heart. What it ends up being is a quick shallow sprint through what should have been a tender relationship. Hiro’s reduced from the lovable onscreen ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book because I watched "Heroes" and Hiro was one of my favorite characters (possibly bested only by Sylar), but this book was a disappointment. It felt like a betrayal of Hiro's character--so sweet in the show--to read the dirty, lustful thoughts this author wrote into his narration. Hiro as played by Masi Oka wasn't like that, and it really irked me to see him portrayed that way.
Jan 25, 2008 Rey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a cute story, but really a little less interesting than I expected given the great writing on the tv show. Then again, this wasn't written by a tv show writer because of the strike (that I fully support). They had me thinking it was going to end in a completely different way although I did enjoy the message about destiny.
Mar 05, 2008 Kes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was dopey! You would have to really like the series and totally like Hiro to even think it ok. I thought it was kinda sweet though in a romancey-pants kind of way, but I can be a douche bag.
Trevor Bradley
Jul 09, 2012 Trevor Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars only if you really like the little story of Hiro and Charlie from the show.
Otherwise 3
Oct 29, 2008 oxana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the tv show "Heroes"
Around 2 stars, maybe... nothing to get excited about.

I'll start by saying that I'm an avid fan of "Heroes" (the tv show this book is based on, in case it escaped anyone's notice). That said, reading this book was a must although it took me long enough to get down to it.

Hiro has never been one of my favorite characters, although he brought a lot of interesting elements to the show, being the driving force behind many of the people who later stepped up their game considerably.

It's been a while si
Faith Justice
My daughter gave me this as a gift because we've been watching Heroes together. It's a good example of its type - novelizations of TV shows, movies, etc. I've read novelizations in several lines (Star Trek, Star Wars, Spiderman, etc.) and know they can run the gamut from insipid to inspiring. This one is closer to the latter. If you have good writers, they can take mass media characters and give them a depth beyond the flat 2-D of visual media and breadth beyond the ability of a 60 - 120 minutes ...more
Oct 26, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: gave-up-on
I didn't even bother finishing it. At first I felt since I'd gotten halfway through it I had committed myself to it, but I changed my mind. It is 258 pages of crap. Aury Wallington's writing is so beyond mediocre it isn't even suitable for a Hallmark card. He could have done so much more with the story, especially in such a colorful world portrayed in the show. Now, I LOVE Heroes as a show, but this book was like reading a bad fan fic. I felt like I was reading something one of my nerdy friends ...more
Davey 705
Oct 18, 2010 Davey 705 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade, fantasy
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Sep 22, 2008 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comicbook reading prepubescents
Aury Wallington couldn't write with the emotive cinematic intensity and drama of a black and white disney film. Anyone who enjoys the crescendos and excitement of the Heroes television show had better keep searching because this book is luke warm. Anyone who loves Hiro's character and wondered what happened with Charlie will not be rewarded because of the shallow plot. Anyone could write better.
What's worse is the fact that it leaves so much more to be desired. Of all the places Charlie and Hir
May 30, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-books
Being a fan of the show I figured this book would have at least been decent. However the book absolutely breaks away from the character of Hiro. Sure he does have a relationship with Charlie on the show, but this book turns Hiro into a whiney, pathetic character. The whole story ends up focusing on him wanting to have sex with Charlie(and save her). It just doesn't fit with the spirit and style of the TV show, or the character Masi Oka has made Hiro.

Add to the butchering of the character that th
Dec 25, 2008 Sammy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any fan of the show
I didn't really care for it. The writing and style was rather simplistic. I had to force myself to finish it. I'm not sure it is the author's writing style. I think it has more to do with I already knew what was going to happen because I watched the show. They really should just change the name of the to Season One of the Show You Used to Like.

I think my comlaints are really stemming from the direction the show has taken. I thought Season One was genius. Unfortunately, I think they peaked during
Apr 24, 2008 Lory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, fans of the TV show
This book was good enough. It is a quick easy read, although the target audience was clearly younger teens- there was a decent amount of slang and teenage expression, and every adult over 30 was fat or toothless or mean. It does fill in the gaps from the show nicely.

Parents should feel OK about letting their 12 and ups that can handle a little gore reading it. There is some sexuality in it, but aside from one part where Hiro gets some boob, it pretty much always stops at kissing. There is one sc
Jun 23, 2009 Bethany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of the series Heroes so when I got this book for Christmas I couldn't wait to read it.

I was disappointed. It was uninteresting, it didn't mention other characters and Hiro began to annoy me with his unthinking travelling.

Also, I think that a story about Hiro losing losing his virginity is not really going to appeal to many Heroes fans. Well, I didn't find it particularly interesting. Has there ever been any mention of Hiro's virginity in any Heroes episodes. I don't think so and
Dec 22, 2007 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heroes fans
This book is a 260 page long SQUEE. For real. Hilariously awesome. It is impossible to put the book down and NOT be smiling, which is impressive considering (a) we all know how it ends and (b) uh, the ending isn't the greatest. But as we learn during the course of the book, while life may not be a fairy tale, and the endings are almost never happy, it's the middle that counts. Also, I'm sure the author got a kick out of writing the scene in which Kaito is vaguely annoyed by Hiro's Star Trek post ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
Hey, Heroes fans! If you can’t get enough of the show, then read this book. It’s too bad they didn’t make a 2-hour movie on this part of Hiro’s life. I’m sorry to say that if you’ve never seen season one of Heroes, then you probably won’t understand a thing that happens in the novel.
I thought that it was a good idea of having a novel on Charlie and Hiro’s romance because I really loved Charlie!! She was on the show for, like, 3 episodes and then she gets killed off right away. That’s just wro
Sarah Yasmin
Nov 27, 2012 Sarah Yasmin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: death, love
Adventurous. Hiro's destiny is not to save Charlie but to save the world. It is a disappointment when the ending, Charlie is not saved. Overall, this book is quite interesting for me. I love the part when Hiro freeze the time for Charlie and a thousands of origami were floating in the air. Those moment are so sweet. Hiro had do his best to change the fate before Charlie's death. He didn't want Charlie to die. He think, he loves Charlie so much. His friend try to stop him, but he didn't care what ...more
Apr 05, 2011 Aj rated it did not like it
It is a rare thing, for me to set a book down and give up on it.
This is an exception.
I made it about 35 pages into it before the writing style made me want to gouge my eyes out with a spork. The writing style and narrative quality of this novel were akin to that of a teenager writing slash in an online forum. Using So. Cal. valley-girl colloquialisms, I felt that Hiro and charlie's story was being told to me by a middle-school girl on too much caffeine.

As much as I liked this particular subplot
Loran (Algonquiins)
I am a huge fan of the Heroes TV show so when I stumbled across this book I was beyond excited. While it doesn't come close to capturing the magic of the show it was still a good read. Even someone unfamiliar with the characters or the plot could read this and follow along. I liked getting to know more about Charlie who was in the show for such a limited amount of time. Hiro was the same Hiro although I didn't always think the author did his character justice. All of that being said the end of t ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Mar 23, 2010 Cathrine Bonham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Obsesed Heroes Fans.
This book was really just elaborating on the six months that Hiro spent with Charlie in Season One of the Television show "Heroes." And it didn't really tell me anything that I didn't get out of the TV show.

This book is not the worst thing I have ever read but it came pretty close. I think the Author must have missed the "Show Don't Tell" Lecture in creative writing class.

Guess if someone missed the first Season of "Heroes" and recently caught the Fourth Season and they found themselves wonderi
Feb 15, 2009 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie-tv-books
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Jul 08, 2015 R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The story of what really happened during the time(s) that Hiro tried to save the life of that girl that co-starred with Kevin James in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the girl that you thought was Anna Faris but wasnt'.

What really happened? Short answer: Not a whole helluva lot, but this is still a compulsively readable novel that enfleshens some cracks in the Heroes universe.

Apparently, you can save the cheerleader and save the world, but saving the waitress won't even save New York City. So keep pract
Apr 27, 2009 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was unsure about this book since it was based on one of my favourite television shows and I was not totally sure how that would work. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the book! The plot was great, and made me look at Hiro and Charlie's relationship on a much deeper level. I think that she changed Hiro and the way he was, and you never really were able to respect that before. Seeing how their relationship worked and how they were able to deal with their problems, made me fall even more in ...more
James Rhodes
This was OK, I was not surprised to discover that it was written by a romance author as it is the romance that is the central element of the plot. Most of the sci-fi is forgettable and doesn't sit well with the plot. The style is accessible and with the TV series as a reference point the characters are well maintained. I read it in one sitting and I don't think I will ever think about it again but it was a pleasant enough few hours.
Sep 06, 2010 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Heroes
It was really nice to read about two of my favorite characters from the Heroes TV show. Overall, it was good but seemed a little more aimed toward women. Even as a young male, I didn't mind all the romance, but I would imagine a lot of the Heroes fans probably do, considering most of them are probably younger males. Anyway! I have to agree with what some of the other reviews say about the characters not really staying true to what the show has made them.
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