And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix 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. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
Well, um. That was definitely not the story I expected.
Really, all I knew about this book are the images from the movie trailer. You know the ones I mean. The kids standing up outside the car “flying” like they are free and happy.
This book is NOT about being free and happy.
This book is about mental illness. And homosexuality. And rape. And abortion. And bullying.
It’s about all the things that really go on in high schools that we all know about but try to hide from. This book is about reality. It’s sad and strangely beautiful, if you can stand to really look at it.