This book isn’t at all what I thought it was going to be. I’m not really sure what I had in my mind but the storyline of Flowers for Algernon certainly wasn’t it. I’m also not sure of how this book wasn’t even on my radar until this past year ago or so- I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it recommended on /r/books and I saw it recommended over and over again before I finally picked up a copy of it. And still months passed before I read the synopsis of this book- and I was in love with the very idea of it.
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It was a bit difficult to read at the beginning (as it was written by a then almost illiterate character) but I slogged through and couldn’t stop when I got past that initial hump. It was fascinating to read how Charlie’s life changed as he became more intelligent- his thoughts about himself as well as how people he cared for treated him so differently. I found the decline of Charlie’s intelligence very fast paced and I couldn’t finish reading quickly enough to find out what happened at the end.
What happened in the end, you ask? I cried. I cried at the end of this book and as a rule, I don’t’ cry over books and movies. But Flowers For Algernon broke my heart in such a simple way. I connected with Charlie and I cared about Charlie and I wanted the best for Charlie and I was mad at what people did to Charlie. Was it worth it, Charlie?