“You are coming of age in a world that wants you to believe it’s ok to be mediocre,” Arch said, “There are no really great men left, the world tells you, so why bother trying to become one?”
I really enjoyed this book, I can’t exactly pinpoint a reason though. I really enjoyed the writing and story progression. It was one of those books where from page one, I just felt at home in it. Charlie felt and thought like I felt and thought. He begins his life in an underprivileged neighborhood with a single mother. A mother who is trying her best to give him better circumstances. When he is chosen as a scholarship student for a private school, he makes friends with a charismatic rich boy. In no time, he is immersed in a world that he could have never imagined.
He sees these kids his age and their parents completely indifferent to the struggles of the real world around them. They use and abuse others to get their way and Charlie is put off by it and yet, being within their circle changes his and his mother’s lives. So he swallows his criticism. In the second part of the book, we see he’s escaped “those” people and is living on his own terms until circumstances drag him back in. In no time, he is back in the same place, trying to be the conscience of those around him and balancing his own feelings and theirs. Lots of interesting turns of karma throughout (also lots of trigger warnings – message me if you need them.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thanks to Algonquin Books for a copy. All opinions above are my own.
What’s the last book you read that just felt easy to slip into?