I don’t even know where to start with this review. I absolutely loved this book! I cried and I laughed while listening to it. I had multiple episodes of goosebumps over my arms and times where I found myself thinking about Charlie throughout my day. I would pull into a parking lot or my garage and I would just sit, listening as Charlie finished telling me his story. I couldn’t shut my car off until Charlie was done writing to me in his letter/diary as I always verbally helped him close out each entry with his signature closing, “Love Always, Charlie”
Charlie tells it like-it-is from a teens point of view as talks about life and shares his stories from hanging out with his friends. Charlie talks about a wide variety of topic including his family. When he talks about his Aunt Helen, I could feel their emotional connection and the bond that he felt with her. I really enjoyed his friendship with Patrick and Sam, they had some great times together. I laughed as he spoke about his age of innocence. His stories were so pure as his honesty shined through when he shared some of his adventures. His account of the brownies at the party and the individual who was “baked like a *^#*^’& cake” were hilarious.
I can’t say enough about this novel except that I loved it dearly and I am now looking for my own audio copy so I can listen to it whenever I want. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally pick this novel up but perhaps this novel was exactly what I needed now. So yes, I highly recommend this novel and the unabridged audio version is excellent.