Parent of a 13-year-oldWritten byErabellahApril 12, 2010
I am 13 and can read and watch a lot of things, but while there is no disturbing images like guts on the floor or descriptive open heart surgury, it was kind of hard to get through just becasue the isolation that this child has just makes you so sad. This is a book I would give to kids who think that they are not treated right by their parents because they dont have the lastest iPod. The hardest thing for me to accept is that this kind of stuff happens all the time.
As a girl from a store room I can identify with charlie's slow realiziation of things. I'm still afraid of the wind, of water, like outdoors are to Charlie, they are strange...I find it hard to adjust...and I'm 21! This tale is heroic in the fact that it reveals the truth to human behavior. Life is not magic. Charlie does not suddenly realize that life is good. And with the addition of his foster-care brother it points out how abused children often do not understand fear. Charlie could not comprehend why stairs are bad even though he was hurt worse on stairs. Amazing insite into the mind of a child who is learning to live.