It makes the writing and the content more personal and animated when it is written in the form of letters from a young boy named Charlie. He writes about his feelings and we follow him for better and worse. Wee see things from his point of view and how he experiences his everyday life.
Charlie says following on page 148: “I know I brought this all on myself. I know that I deserve this. I’d do anything to not be this way. I’d do anything to make it up to everyone. And to not have to see a psychiatrist who explains to me about being “passive aggressive.” And to not have to take the medicine he gives me, which is too expensive for my dad.
And to not have to, talk about memories with him. Or be nostalgic about bad things.” I think this gives a good insight into how he feels. He is hard at himself and his self-esteem is low. He does not feel good enough. It is very personal that he opens up his feelings when he writes the small letters to the reader.
When he mentions that the medicine is too expensive for his father, I think it also gives an insight that his does not feel worthy and that he feels indifferent.
Charlie goes through four emotional stages. The first emotional stage he goes through is that he is mad. The reason why he is mad we get to know on page 141 where Charlie said, “Maybe if she would have given me the copy of the book that she bought for herself, it would have been different.
Or maybe if she had just hand-copied the rain poem she loves on a piece of nice paper. And definitely if she didn’t make me show the book to everyone we know.” So the reason he is mad is because she buys the book from new to him and it was nothing personal. He does not feel she will do things personally, in relation to him when he’s making mix tapes that are personal.
The second stage Charlie goes through is that he is sad. The reason he is sad is because he returned the book that Mary Elizabeth bought for him. When he told it to his sister she drove him to the store and then he bought it back