I read this book for my summer school English class. It is pretty straight forward. The narrator of the book, Charlie, has gone through a pretty tough childhood that causes him to have trouble fitting in with other teenagers. As he enter highschool, he begins to make friends and explore many new experiences, both good and bad. He does not explain what his tough childhood is until the very end of the book. Nothing major really happened until near the end. I think, for a book for English class, it is quite an okay book.