Of all the teen oriented books you could pick up, this one is rather sincere and serious. the writing is bare and to the point. Nothing to do with all of the feel-good type of literature I happened to mention for the past weeks.
Charlie writes a journal and, in it, he puts all of his interogations and reflections without always having smooth transitions in between elements.
It is more or less the stream of consciousness of a young man (a biy rather) who doesn't have a very good sense of what he should know or not. All of the characters within his diary are supposedly all real but he had to change their names to make it ok to write down.In the same fashion, he pays very close attention to the informations which leek from his words he puts onto paper.
I recommend this book to anyone over 15 because "Charlie" is rather crude in his writing and because it is an age when we really start to build a mind of our own with distance in between what we read and what we think about it.