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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  9,094 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Meet Sam, the straitlaced computer-science major from Brigham Young University. And then meet Charly, the sparkling, quick-witted girl who steps into his world and turns it upside down. Their courtship is a never-ending round of ups and downs- literally. On their first date Charly tricks Sam into taking a Ferris wheel ride, then tells the operator they're engaged! All of t ...more
Paperback, 119 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Shadow Mountain (first published May 1980)
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Donna Cook
Feb 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
I have a policy of not posting books I'd only rate with one or two stars, but I'll make an exception in this case. I'd hate for someone outside the Church to read this book and then judge me for it. This guy drove me absolutely nuts. N-U-T-S. Was this a story or an advertisement for the Church? The main character was so self-involved, chauvenistic and self-righteous it made me want to hurl. I'd feel better about it if I thought the author had any clue. This doesn't work as a story either. Over a ...more
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jack Weyland fans
Recommended to Annette by: my sister
Shelves: lds
Like a lot of young LDS girls of the 80's, I went through a Jack Weyland phase, where I had to read everything that he ever wrote. After reading several of his books, I kind of reached my quota and I haven't read anything by him in a long time.

Charly was his first novel, it was also the first one that I read. I was a sappy young 12 year old girl when I read it. I remember crying my eyes out while I was reading it and then crying some more for weeks afterward everytime I even thought about it. I
Aug 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book is an embarrassment. A tired formula wrapped in a cliche. It was absolutely nauseating. Now, I recognize that a romance must, in some way, be predictable -- romances are not really mysterious, you don't have to wonder who the "good guy" is, and we read it because we need to have something pretty and easy to understand; something "feel-good." But there are limits to predictability, and in this case, it was not only ridiculous but actually downright insulting. I mean, when I'm able to pr ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am quite embarrassed that I read this. For one, it is the sappy type of story that I usually try to avoid. Second, there were several moments while reading this that I felt like the author was portraying the LDS faith in such a way that members of the church only look at other people as targets for converting them to their faith. The characters, both male and female, where misogynistic. Comments like "I'm the priesthood holder here, therefore, you should do what I say" made me cringe. Sam, the ...more
Why read a book in which you are told on the first page that the titular character dies unless the book is about other characters dealing with the aftermath of said death? I couldn't get attached to the characters at all because I was waiting for Charly to JUST CROAK ALREADY. Books that make me cry - GOOD. Books that try to tug on heartstrings until you cry because of actual physical pain caused by an overdose of sappy cheesiness - reason enough for book burnings. ...more
Kaylene Faucette
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
yeah that is right. i gave it a 5. this was my favorite favorite favorite book as a kid. i read this when i was 11 and it was one of the very first books that pulled me in and taught me to love reading. it will always hold a special place in my heart.
I am sorry to say that I saw the movie before reading the book. But I absolutely loved the movie and when I heard there was a book, I immediately knew I had to read it. Well, I read it. And i hope that my opinion of it isn't because of my opinion of the movie.

This book was fantastic. It's only 98 pages, but it seems longer. Charly is hilarious, and sweet, and so amazing and Sam almost doesn't deserve her. I like Sam, too. He can be a bit "stiff", but he really is like able. Occasionally he made
Nov 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
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Savanna B 1 Boulton
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charly was an exciting warmhearted book about love and kindness. Sam is a Mormon that just returned from his mission. He isn't exactly looking for a girlfriend but his father, invites him to take his boss's daughter out for the night. Sam was not happy about this knowing Charly would be a snobby rich girl. But their two personalities are perfect together which they soon realize as they spend more and more time together. I loved this book because I am LDS so I was able to connect with a lot of th ...more
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was 12 years old. I was attending Grange Middle School and I guess the Chicken Pox didn't catch me as a tot and so I had to suffer from an accute case of it. Not only that, I had a nasty sore throat. So I missed school. One would think "Yeah! I get to sleep in!" but not really any fun when you are miserable. So there I sat in my room in bed, with strep and the little bubbles on my skiin had popped and I was in a world of pain, even the bottom of my feet. I was crying a whole lot. Thankfully my ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Classic LDS fiction. I first got this book when I was 12 years old. Got it for my birthday (or was it in my stocking at Christmas??) and read it within an hour. It's always been one of my all-time favorite stories. I laugh. I cry. Every single time.
My mom couldn't find my old copy, so for my birthday this year she replaced it with a new copy. I read it again within an hour. I laughed. I cried. I love this book, no matter how simple the writing or the plot it.
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good. It's sad near the end. I cried a great deal. But You'll find that it's one of the best books he has ever written. I'm sure you've seen the movie charly. This is the book to it, so if you have seen the movie, you know what happens, but trust me the book is tons better! ...more
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I had to add this one, of course! But I must say the movie is even better! :)
Kylee Ward
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book I have read 27 times. It's that good! And yes, after ALL of those times, I cry no, I bawl my eyes out EVERY single time I read it!! ...more
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this story years ago and as remembered I loved it then and still do.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh the feels! :'( I loved this book :) Charly is an amazing person--er-- character. Sam was not the kindest person and had kind of an uncontrollable temper in that he said a lot of mean things. This book teaches a lot of important lessons that a lot of people investigating the church seem to worry about, such as being outcast by their family.

Something that really struck me from this book was a lesson Sam learned, beginning when the drunk man asked him if he knew Jesus. "The Savior knew several
Ellee Barton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book "Charly" by Jack Weyland is a sweet romance novel that enables us to become more grateful for the people we have in our lives today. It starts as the 22 year old Sam gets asked by his dad to go on a date with a new girl in the neighborhood, Charly. Sam reluctantly agrees and starts dating Charly. She shows him how to love and live life to the fullest! This book helped me to wonder what I could do to lighten up and become more like Charly. This book was full of excitement, loss, healing, ...more
Lexi Lou
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler*(Plot) Sam is forced to go on a date with his dads boss's daughter Charly. Because she has no friends. After that date with Charly he finds shes rich and a little snobby. After they hung out for a while. They got really close and started dating. Charly didn't care what others thought she'd make up lies and make Sam embarrassed. Soon Charly moved back to New York. Sam missed Charly. Sam went on his mission and soon Charly came back, but she was with another guy. She chose between Sam and ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I love reading the reviews on here after I finish a book. Everyone's comments made me want to remove the fourth star. But . . .

I'm not going to be one of those people who rants about how tear jerking and wonderfully romantic this book is. And it is far from realistic. But I won't complain about the writing either. From what I understand Jack Weyland is a Pysics professor at Ricks College (I don't know if he stayed on past Ricks, so that's what I'll call it). And I think to myself, for a science
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Charly, an amazingly well written love story written by Jack Weyland. Sam, a student at Brigham Young University, gets set up to go on a date with a beautiful girl named Charly. They both think this will be a one time thing, but they are in for a huge emotional roller coaster. When Sam is ready to tell Charly how he feels about her, will Charly be committed to Sam or someone else?

I have one word that describes this book, AMAZING! I loved everything about it. It made me laugh, cry, scream, every
Amberlynn Anderson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
15. “Charly,” by Jack Weyland, if the most incredible book about this Man named Sam and how after a lot of unsuccessful dates he meets this quirky woman named Charly. After a few dates and some drama Sam and Charly get married and have a son named Adam. I really enjoy this book because it really hit home since the city they lived in was in Utah. I also loved that even though there was some drama that they would get through it together. A few things I didn't like to much was that it did skip arou ...more
Roland Martinez
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I loved the Utah County humor. Dialogue-terrible, ending-terrible,prose-terrible. This book is only for people that grew up in Utah County in the 1980s.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormon-stuff, fiction
Every girl I knew at church read this book shortly after it first came out in 1980. One of the better examples of Mormon romance novels, which isn't exactly saying a whole lot. ...more
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
This book (well, play) is my name sake and I love it. It is touching to see Charly's transformation and good heart throughout the book, the romance is swoon worthy, and the tragedy at the end is heart wrenching but leaves the reader with hope. ...more
Kaitlyn Bubolz
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really, really terrible. The writing is awful and doesn't read realistically at all. Sam is chauvinistic, self-righteous, and not attractive at all. There is a lot of randomness in the middle. Then she dies, and you are manipulated into crying. I can't believe I used to like these books. On the plus side, it was so terrible I couldn't stop reading. ...more
Melissa T
Feb 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: church-fiction
Seriously, I know I stand alone in this opinion--but not only am I not a fan of Jack Weyland, I thought this book stunk! Manipulative, sad, and just plain weird. And I don't think it sends a good message to teens--the main guy went slightly "crazy" without this Charley. Dumb. ...more
Brooke Andria Taylor
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of the only books where I actually enjoyed the movie more. That being said, Jack Weyland is a great romance author. This book was very sappy and unrealistic, but it was definitely the best of its trilogy.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novels
Perhaps the many flaws of the protagonist were meant to be a way of helping others culturally like him to re-examine themselves as he does and change as his dear Charly helps him to do by simply being her "incandescent" self. ...more
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Jack Weyland is the best-selling author of young-adult fiction for the Latter-day Saint market. In fact, the modern genre of Latter-day Saint-themed popular fiction is one he is largely responsible for creating with his overwhelmingly popular novel Charly. His interest in fiction began with a correspondence course in creative writing taken during a summer at BYU where he was doing research work. S ...more

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