Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez Review

thedownsideofbeingcharlieTitle: The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Pages: 268
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2012
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Audience: Teen
Obtained: Review for Seta Zink

Charlie is handed a crappy senior year. Despite losing thirty pounds over the summer, he still gets called “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to share a locker with the biggest Lord of the Rings freak his school has ever seen. He also can’t figure out whether Charlotte VanderKleaton, the beautiful strawberry lip-glossed new girl, likes him the way he likes her. Oh, and then there’s his mom. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t talk about it.
Somewhere between the madness, Charlie can at least find comfort in his one and only talent that just might get him out of this life-sucking place. But will he be able to hold his head above water in the meantime?

My Thoughts:

First off I want to thank Seta Zink for an ARC copy of this book. Can I just say how much I loved this book! Its def something totally different than some of the stuff I've been reading lately. Charlie is not our typical MC. He struggles with his weight, isn’t confident and always gets bullied but this is his year. He doesn’t want to be known as that kid anymore. He loses weight and he thought that it would change everything but it doesn’t.

Charlie is such a great character. He’s shy and honest. He’s funny. I saw the teenage boy in the voice that the author wrote. There so much honesty in this book. His family problems are real. There are a lot of families out there that go through the same thing that Charlie does. I’ve seen it first hand and it honestly is greatly executed in this book. I give the author props because those topics are really hard to write about, especially in YA.

I also loved the minor characters. His best friend is just so random. He likes to dress and talk like one of the guys from the Pack Rat and it’s just so crazy how good of a relationship they have. You can tell he would do anything to help Charlie and that’s what true friends are like. It was so good to see that. I also really loved the teacher. We don’t often give those few teachers that notice that things are off credit. Those are the teachers who save lives. I can’t express how much I loved everything about this book. It was so well written and just Charlie’s voice is just unforgettable.

This author does an excellent job battling topics like mental illness and bulimia. It’s serious but she finds a way to put it into an optimistic way. It’s not dark and I love that because that’s what  gets you to move forward. In all that negativity you find hope. I honestly can’t wait to read more books from this author. This book is def must read for anyone. It sends out such a good message.

Comment Question of the Blog:

What do you think about dark topics in YA literature? Do you think they help? Lemme know in the comment section below!

As always,
That Chick That Reads

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