I’ll start this post with a confession: I saw the movie before reading the book. Usually I don’t like doing this, and this is no exception, but it’s okay. I can manage. I wonder if the questions that the movie presented are answered in the book. So far, I’ve found the novel to be enticing and relatable. On page 2, Chbosky writes, “I need to know that these people exist”. I found this quote very provoking, because it alludes to Charlie’s lack of trust in people, likely due to a previous experience. He is imploring the person he is writing to be trustworthy, to not let him down. He needs the reassurance that there are “good” people in the world, even if he has had much interaction with “bad” people.
From the movie, I know that there is an issue with Aunt Helen, but the book delves in to the role she played in his life, and how she was ‘corpulent’. I am wondering what it is that happened to her that Charlie was so curious about.
Another quote I found very interesting was that of Bill, ” ‘Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve’ ” (24). I agree with this statement; it goes along with being friends with people that have similar levels of self esteem. We love people whom we think are like us, or are valuable to us. I’m not sure why Charlie’s sister thinks she deserves to be hit, however.
This is sure to be a quick read, and I am going to exercise the most self-restraint as possible when trying to not read ahead.