It's not just the structure of the novel that floored me; the story was great, too. I was 100% invested in Charlie the entire time, even when he changed from a simple-minded sweetheart to, frankly, a know-it-all jerk. There's a romance, too, and I love me a good romance. (It isn't anywhere close to sappy.)
Some books you savor, and some you devour. This, for me, fit into the devour category. I think I read it in two days.
As a caution, this book is gut-wrenchingly sad. If you want to know what reading this book is like, imagine someone rips your heart out, tears it into a million pieces, sews it back together again, and your heart is somehow better than before.
Yet that, I believe, is part of the novel’s genius. I love books that change me. If I feel like a different person after reading a book than I was when I started it, it’s a satisfying experience.
Oh, and the last line of this book is easily the best last line I’ve ever read of any book. Wow. It felt like a punch to the gut. I get chills just thinking about it.
Did you read Flowers for Algernon? What did you think of it?
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