This novel is set up in a diary/letter format, which many of our members do not like. It limits the development of the characters in the story because of the first person point of view. Additionally in this particular novel, the reader really never feels connected with the protagonist, Charlie.
The book appeals mainly to young adults (high school aged) because it is written from a high school boy's point of view. There is little to no action or excitement to events.
A question arose as to who is Charlie writing to throughout the novel? That is never clear, nor is it revealed in the end. It must be left up the reader, which by the end, most don't care.