This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. -Goodreads
This is the kind of book you just HAVE to read the book before you see the movie! I'm so glad I spent my last pennies on this book. I devoured it in 3 days, it was that intriguing. It isn't your normal YA book because it is written in letters to "a friend". Normally, I don't like that kind of book, but I loved the way this book read. I feel like there are many ways to get involved with this book because it incorporates other novels and songs into the plot. This book is ten times more fun if you listen to the same songs Charlie is listening to. The plot involves every aspect of high school. I really enjoyed that. It has everything I'm going through in it. This is definitely a great book to get you thinking about all the things that go on in school and really helps you to think about living in the moment. It really isn't a light book to read, it has many dark themes, which some readers may find disturbing. Personally though, this book was one of my best investments. I enjoyed it thoroughly and may even re-read it in the near-future.