The story is told entirely through a series of letters addressed to “Friend” and signed by Charlie, a high school freshman who is learning about the world around him. Some things to be aware of when reading is that it deals with topics like rape, sexual assault, depression, suicide, and drugs. The protagonist, Charlie, is both wise and naive. At first glance, he appears oblivious, but as he ponders and peels back the layers behind different events, he reveals a wisdom and ability to comprehend things years beyond his age. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand some things. He has this unexplainable innocence that is both childish and endearing. That very innocence is corrupted as the story progresses, but that’s the whole point. The novel deals with depression, first love, and a lot of other firsts. It is a coming of age story commonly compared to “The Catcher in the Rye” and is a timeless classic, still relevant more than a decade later.