Once again, I got overly excited for a title that turned out to be—for the most part—overrated. This is not to say that it was a poorly written book; it wasn’t. It simply didn’t thrill me. The twist at the near-end was shocking, but also expected on some level. Not much happens throughout the story, so basically you’re anticipating something big throughout the entire read.
I will say that I did appreciate the dark humor throughout the book, enough to entice me to watch the movie (eventually, anyway). For the most part, I just felt anxious and sad for our introverted narrator, Charlie. He’s both socially stunted, yet wise beyond his years. All that amounts to is an infinite number of awkward moments.
3 out of 5, overall.