“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
The concept of this book is a little bit different. It’s basically a compilation of letters written by the main character Charlie from different points in his life to an anonymous friend, because at the beginning of each letter, he writes “Dear Friend” and we don’t actually get to know who that friend is.
Charlie is a freshman in high school, who is shy, smart, and awkward when it comes to socializing. He always observes people and wonder about their lives, or what happened to them. He wants to live his life like any normal teenager, but at the same time, he wants to run away from it, because he experienced a lot of pain in the past. When he hears about the tragic death of his friend, he goes through a really hard time processing what happened. However, his life starts to change when he meets Sam and Patrick.
You know when you’re reading a book and suddenly you feel overwhelmed by what the characters are going through? That’s exactly how I felt. I loved the raw and flawed side of the characters, because it made the story more realistic. At the beginning, Charlie was so quiet and living inside his own shell. But throughout the story, he gets to experience a lot of things, and talk honestly about what goes through his mind. It’s such an interesting and relatable book. You should read it, if you haven’t yet.