Finally got around to reading this one. I can see why so many people love it. It's certainly fascinating being able to see through Charlie's eyes andFinally got around to reading this one. I can see why so many people love it. It's certainly fascinating being able to see through Charlie's eyes and experience life and regular experiences through a somewhat particular perspective. Charlie is socially awkward and everyone knows it. That's not something easy to live with in high school. Especially since he doesn't even understand most of what goes on around him. This is his journey towards understanding the world, his life and himself.
Even though it's a very original voice, it never feels strange. Told in letters, almost like a diary, Charlie is very honest and special. I really enjoyed the very real characters and their lives. Patrick was my favorite character. You can just 'see' him somehow. I also liked how we never know his sibling's names and how there's a mystery left hanging after finishing it. But I didn't see the ending coming, and that kind of changed the story for me. Before that point I was a little bored and waiting for something to happen. After that I was surprised and awed that I did not even imagine this as an option.
Overall, a very different portrayal of a teenage boy that has quickly become a classic. Definitely one YA readers should not miss. ...more
The books that leave the reader blatantly puzzled as to how on earth anyone could have imagined such a plot are arguably the best ones. And those thatThe books that leave the reader blatantly puzzled as to how on earth anyone could have imagined such a plot are arguably the best ones. And those that leave the bittersweet taste of a terrible, unimaginable, catastrophically awful story told in such a vivid and tangible way, even more so. The voice in this story, Eva's voice, is so powerful that I had to wonder at several points if I was really reading a work of fiction. Sweet mother of books, what an intense and awe-striking story! Put on your big boy pants, hold your heart real tight and be prepared to ask yourself questions that, before this book, you hadn't even remotely considered. Unfathomable.
Yes, I'll admit that the fluffy I-swallowed-a-dictionary writing grew tiresome at times, even if I must admit that it was deeply well written, but at some point, I just gave in and stopped looking up fancy words and I let the story just flow overlooking many of her sophisticated terms. I was helpless, from the moment I started, Eva was nagging me at all times, to keep reading.
I can't even begin to understand the absolute perfection of character development or the magnificent effortless flow of the plot, so I won't attempt to analyze it for you. I'll just say that if anyone does not like this book, it will always have to do with either the subject or the dizzying array of words but never, ever because of its quality of literature. It is a profusely disturbing, haunting, terrifyingly hard story to read, even nauseating at times. I LOVED it and it's probably one of the BEST books I have EVER read. I do not throw that lightly, btw.
Every time I read a Sparks book I wonder, is it possible to read his books without crying your guts out? I mean seriously! I'm not a big fan of cryingEvery time I read a Sparks book I wonder, is it possible to read his books without crying your guts out? I mean seriously! I'm not a big fan of crying as some of you know, I almost never cry, but geez, this one brought insane sobbing--the howling, moaning, wailing kind of sob. Yes, extremely cathartic indeed. I wont be sad for a long long time now, ha! But the thing is, I don't think he is a excellent writer but I do know with certainty that he is one extremely talented story-teller. It's almost impossible not to feel yourself floating inside the story. His way of engaging the reader is utterly effective and astonishingly atmospheric.
I loved the story, fell in love with the characters and would love to read this one over and over. I found that the psychological part was really good also. That was my favorite character, John's dad. OMG, I love him! Nicholas Sparks is a genius and his love stories are epic. So of course, if you enjoy good romance, this is a must. And if you don't, I think you'll like it too. It's hard not to. ...more
What an amazing concept! I love books like this one or like Hunger Games which happen to be set in a imaginary/realistic future. This is a kid's bookWhat an amazing concept! I love books like this one or like Hunger Games which happen to be set in a imaginary/realistic future. This is a kid's book -the characters are 12- but it is very much enjoyable for young adults. The writing was great and the story-telling was just so magical, maybe this impressed me because I don't normally read children books.
The characters were wonderful and unique. The plot kept you guessing, and wanting to know more. The cover is intriguing when you look at it and then genius after you've read it. Probably should point out that there is no romance involved in case you're always wanting some, like me. Also, I listened o this as an audio-book and I was stunned by it. It's one of the best audio-books I've listened to! The reader was awesome and the sound effects on the background made it feel so real, I feel like I walked the streets of Ember. So if you listen to audio-books, you should definitely check this one out! ...more