by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie writes letters to someone. Someone we never know, but who Charlie respects. Charlie chronicles his high school experience as a freshman who is a little weird and a lot damaged. He meets two spectacular seniors who take him under their wing, introducing him to the world of booze and drugs and everything else. He learns what it is to be a friend and a boyfriend and a listener and a person. He observes, mostly, but then begins to act.
Near the end of the book we learn the background of Charlie’s story. There are so many moments that are heart-wrenchingly sad here, but they all ring of truth. There are Charlies in the world and Chbosky does a stellar job capturing that journey of growing up.