Despite the dare I say it... perky title this story is not one for the light hearted it deals with harsh realities in life and the difficulties some adolescents endure while growing up. Chbosky wrote many memorable quotes that where so heartfelt and honest I think that is one of the reasons many people feel quite emotional hearing them such as;
"We accept the love we think we deserve"
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
I also loved Chbosky's reference to one of The Smiths songs "Asleep" (which is one of my favourites!) I guess what makes me love this book was how accurately Charlie’s experiences with anxiety and depression were presented.
A book not intended for the light hearted but intended for an understanding and sympathetic audience.