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Flowers for Algernon
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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What a rollercoaster of a book. The ups and downs and emotional upheaval that this story demands is not something I am used to in the multitude of literature I have absorbed over the years. I have never found myself having genuine pity for a character in a while as I have in Charlie Gordon‘s plight. A wonderful story that will assist the reader to see the benefit of being kind to your fellow man and brother as blessings are not congruent.

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perfectsinner

Although we know the end of the maze holds death (and it is something I have not always known--- not long ago the adolescent in me thought death could happen only to other ), I see now that the path I choose through the maze makes me what I am. I am not only a thing, but also a way of being--- one of many ways---and knowing the paths I have followed and the ones left to take will help me understand what I am becoming."

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perfectsinner

"But then, I can't blame him because he doesn't realize that finding out who I really am--- the meaning of my total existence involves knowing the possibilities of my future as well as my past, where I'm going as well as where I've been

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Cosmos_Moon
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My son has to read this for 7th grade English this year, so I decided to read it since I haven‘t before. It‘s different than I expected. More sex & alcohol—especially for a Louisiana school, but I like the premise & arc of the story. Not going to mention the sex parts to my 12 y.o. before he reads it—I‘ll ask him about it when he‘s at those parts. He has to read it next quarter. Brave teacher to assign this & wonder if other parents have read it.

Ruthiella I read this in 7th grade too! Made me cry. 5mo
rwmg I read it a couple of years ago and it was quite different from the way I remembered it from having read it as a teen. My memory was of his relapse taking almost half the book 5mo
Cosmos_Moon @rwmg I guess kids pick up on different things than adults. 5mo
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perfectsinner
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Finally going to start this. It's been on my want to reads list for quite a few years and I finally got a copy. I'm not sure I'm ready to get my heart broken 💔 but I know it's going to happen. I guess I better get the tissues handy. 🤧 😭

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dabbe
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#MarchMagic
#neurodiverseprotagonist
@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

An oldie, but still a favorite of mine.❣️

TheBookgeekFrau A favorite of mine, too!💕 11mo
tpixie So good! 11mo
TheBookHippie Oh I remember this one! 11mo
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AmyG Some books I can actually remember, feel, when I read them. This was one of those books. And I remember watching the movie after I read it. A favorite. 11mo
dabbe @AmyG Remember the sentence Charley punctuates in the movie? At first, it looks like this: “That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is.“

To show Ms. Kinnian how much he knows, he adds the commas:
“That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.“ 🥰

@TheBookgeekFrau, @tpixie, @TheBookHippie ... 🥰
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Eggs Beautiful choice💞 11mo
AmyG I remember the commas. I read this as a teen. Such a great book. (edited) 11mo
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Ok, so I went modern classic for #FavoriteClassic 😬

#MarchMagic

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage I remember reading this in 7th grade 😢 11mo
TheBookgeekFrau @BookHoarder32 That's also when I first read it. I've read it quite a few times in the decades since and I never fail to sob my eyes out 11mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 11mo
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UwannaPublishme I fondly remember the movie, but never read the book. I must add it to my TBR 11mo
TheBookgeekFrau @UwannaPublishme I never the saw the movie, but my father did and loved it. Based on our discussions, it seems like the movie sticks close to the book. But of course, you know . . . the book will be better 😆 11mo
UwannaPublishme So true! The book is always better! 😉 11mo
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irfee
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes

Quite an emotional read but most importantly a good book on understanding human psychology.

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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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reichnyz
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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Really good book would read again.

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JaKehren
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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This is an emotional book about Charlie Gordon. Charlie has an extremely low IQ. He gets a treatment that increases his intelligence but this raises the question if being smart will make him happy. Will definitely recommend to anyone who wants a good read.

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taee
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Mehso-so

I would rate this one a 4.5/ 10. This book really didn‘t stick out to me. Although the way it‘s written is very different and it shows the main character development.

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merimay
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Mehso-so

I thought the whole concept of the book would‘ve been interesting and how the author showed his progression and regression within the book was also interesting. However the part I didn‘t enjoy in the book was the characters itself, the people put in Charlie‘s life were all terrible role models for him. The whole experiment just felt unrealistic with how with only one successful rat they decided to try it on humans. The ending also felt rushed.

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Rachiiebookdragon
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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A bittersweet story.

Read for

#52BookClubReadingChallenge2022

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JohnWestendorf
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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I enjoyed this book. It is a little bit challenging to read at the beginning but opened my eyes to the struggles of the mentally challenged people of our world.

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AbbyyyyT
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Personally not my favorite book… there were components I thought were fascinating such as the book being written specifically to show disability and written in the format of daily progress updates. I expected to feel a close tie with the character and never felt that connection. It was a little slow and didn‘t hold my attention and honestly felt like wasted time by the end. I think there was potential but I was disappointed.

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elliebaade
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I really enjoyed this book. I liked the stream of consciousness and epistolary style of the writing. It was a great way to see Charlie‘s first progression and then regression.

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guofushao
Mehso-so

I read this book, is kinda hard for me to really review for this book. I think this book is ok, just kinda for understand to me at least. Charlie have some problems with him, he is not smart. But he under a surgery that make him smart, but the time going, he become different, but in the end he went back to what he was before. I like this end, that show on the world now, there still a lot thing that human can‘t touch yet.

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JudePederson
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Mehso-so

The book gave a really different, but unique story of a surgery to make someone mentally challenged smart. I thought the book did well of keeping me entertained and wasn‘t too boring throughout the duration of the novel, but was definitely different from other books.

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allysonbullington
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes

I thought this book was okay. It‘s not one of my favorites, but it‘s not the worst. I was as interested in this book, but I still enjoyed reading some of it.

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gretamensching
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
Mehso-so

I liked this book, but there were some parts that I didn‘t like.

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Cora23
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
Mehso-so

If you are someone who wants to read a book from the perspective of a man who is mentally disabled, this is the book to read.
It was interesting to read in the beginning with all of the misspelled words and wrong grammar punctuations, but as a whole it was an okay book. I didn't like the way most people treated Charlie throughout the book, but was happy when his friends took him back after everything that happened to him.

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AaronZipp
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The book was good and give a nice insight on how scientific experimentation on humans, even when you think the person has nothing and the only thing you can do is help, still changes a lot and affects many.

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ninatulod
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It was kind of boring, I didn‘t care for it much. There were some spots that were interesting to me but not many.

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caroline-back
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I overall really enjoyed the progression and regression of this book. I thought the format with the letter styles showcased perfectly how Charlie‘s mental comprehension increased and decreased so rapidly. Overall I would recommend this book for people over the age of 15 or 16 just due to a couple things mentioned in the book.

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marissa.buege
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. The book felt realistic and did a good job of arousing awareness to the mentally handicapped and reminding us that they are just as human as we are. Charlie got annoying in the middle when he became all cocky and him exploring his feelings made it quite odd. However the closure with his family, and him returning to his old self made it better. The writing of the book was effective and creative. However some parts were not necessary to the book.

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MolFitz2
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Flowers for Algernon is a very eye opening book. It shines a lot of light on the mistreatment of people with mental disabilities. I thought it was a very good book. I liked the way it was told in letters. I felt like we were reading into his journey through his whole operation. It was a nice point of view. I liked Charlie when he was not smart though. I though he was much nicer and cared more when he didn‘t know everything. This was a great book.

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ParkJeneiza17
Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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I didn‘t like this book. I had no emotional connection with the character and the story ends the same way it begins which leaves no room for satisfaction or a feeling of completion. The writing style was great, though. The fact that the main character was telling his story through progress reports the whole time keeps the tone scientific, which is the point of the book. I just wish that there was some sort of permanent growth in the character.

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Autumn.d.moore
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Overall the differentiation of text throughout gave a perspective that we would not have seen otherwise. The overall central message is great- showing how people with mental disables can be mistreated.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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The story of Charlie is fascinating, insightful, wholly absorbing and heart wrenching - all at the same time.

Through the writing of progress reports, Charlie‘s journey from ‘moron‘ to genius and back to ‘moron‘ is gripping.

Even though this is ‘sci-fi‘ or futuristic, it is at the same time an exploration of what it means to be human.

An excellent read that will resonate throughout time.

ShyBookOwl This has stuck with me ever since it was assigned reading in grade 7 (22 yrs ago)I've never revisited it but think about it at least a few times a year. 1y
MoonWitch94 I read it in 7th grade (20+ years ago) and it broke my heart then, and I‘m sure it would make me an emotional wreck now. It‘s a fascinating story for sure. 1y
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DisneyFan
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Thanks for Tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
There were the first things that came to mind:

Book - Flowers For Algernon
Author - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Movie - Fantasia
Singer - Freddie Mercury
Song - Friend Like Me

CBee Thanks for playing! 1y
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Roary47
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4✨ I‘m not really sure how to verbalize everything going on in my mind right now. Charlie is intellectually challenged and is seeking a way to be smart because his mother drilled into his head he needed to be. He has a surgery to basically re-wire his brain to be able to learn and mentally grow. He writes a journal so we see his growth to be a very intelligent individual. The mouse Algernon goes through a similar process with a maze. ⬇️

Roary47 Once smart it becomes very clear that his life was not as bad as it first appeared. Which makes you really think was he better off not knowing? Does “being smart” really matter? #roaringwolf challenge -“Cheers” @Littlewolf1 (Just for fun) 2y
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alindemann
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This was written in such an interesting and unique perspective. I was not expecting anything that happened in this book, but glad I read it!

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#ItHadToBeYou 💖 #Flowers 💐🌷🌹🌺🌸🌼🌻

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty!! 🌹 2y
Eggs Really beautiful 🌹🌹 2y
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IuliaC
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A fabulous and heart-wrenching novel from the 1960s. Charlie's evolution and decay are extremely well-built, and seem to subtly reveal a metaphor for the cycle of the human existence: helpless at birth, we reach maturity and become helpless again just like babies as we approach death. Hard topics are examined, the ethics of animal and human experiments, lack of awareness on mental illness issues, intelligence and brilliance versus human emotions.

Amoon I saw the film version Charly and cried for a long time afterwards 2y
IuliaC @Amoon I can imagine... heart-breaking 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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I wasn‘t planning on reading this for #20in4 but I was cleaning and decided might as well get some audio time in. I found this awesome art on pic collage I‘m not sure what the source is. I‘ve had this one on my TBR since middle school. Really great sobering read. #BookSpinBingo

MallenNC I remember reading this in school. I need to reread it. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3y
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Dilara
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What do people see in Flowers for Algernon? Sexist, manipulative and silly. It took a lot of willpower to finish it.

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Cazxxx
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Well I can certainly add this to the list of books that broke me. Heartbreaking and beautiful I went through so many emotions reading this today
The last P.S had me sobbing, if you‘ve read this you‘ll know 💔
Definitely a book I won‘t forget
5 ⭐️

Come-read-with-me I remember when I first read this. It had a lasting impact upon me. 3y
Ruthiella Definitely made me cry too! 3y
perfectsinner On my wish list 3y
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TheNeverendingTBR I have this same edition! 👌 3y
Reggie Ughh this book...😭😭😭 3y
Cazxxx @TheNeverendingTBR it‘s a good one 👍🏻 3y
Cazxxx @perfectsinner It‘s fantastic I hope you enjoy it 3y
Cazxxx @Ruthiella what a book! 3y
Cazxxx @Come-read-with-me I don‘t think I will forget this one 3y
Cazxxx @Reggie sad but brilliant 3y
perfectsinner I hope I'll get to read it someday 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser It's on my wishlist! 3y
Cazxxx @Curiouser_and_curiouser it‘s so good! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Cazxxx , yeah, I bet it is! I only have a select few on my wishlist and this is one of them! I have not yet come across it at the op shops I scour through every couple of months, but if I still cannot find these little treasures at a second hand shop I will eventually go to the local bookstore and pay full price 😉 3y
Cazxxx @Curiouser_and_curiouser it was in my wish list for so long, never managed to find a second hand copy so I did pay full price, totally worth it though! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Cazxxx wow! Lol, I'm not the only one! I'm sure it will be worth it when I eventually pay the RRP. I'll call it a Christmas present or some other justification 😁 3y
Cazxxx @Curiouser_and_curiouser I buy mainly uses books but if I really want a new one I‘ll buy it, I think books are never a waste of money! I keep my eye on Amazon for bargains too 😊 3y
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aperfectmjk
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Finished my #bookspin for March's #bookspinbingo. It's been a difficult month for me. I ended up with the dreaded Covid. Believe it or not, I haven't even had the energy to read. 😢

@TheAromaofBooks

Addison_Reads Sorry to hear you're sick. 😞 I'm sending positive energy your way for quick healing and mild symptoms. 3y
Soubhiville Oh no! I hope you feel better soon. 3y
Deblovestoread Wishing you a speedy recovery! 3y
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OutsmartYourShelf Hope you feel better soon 💐 3y
TheAromaofBooks Oh no!! Hopefully you are on the road to recovery now!! 3y
MittenGirlPeach Oh, I‘m so sorry to hear this. Here‘s hoping you‘re on the mend now and your energy returns soon. 3y
rwmg Oh God. I remember that feeling. Horrible, isn't it? 3y
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ItsAnotherJen
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I've never heard of this book before coming across it on Kindle Unlimited. It sounds like it has been a pretty popular book since it was released in 1959. Started it, and was initially intrigued by the idea. Performing an experiment on a man who is mentally challenged, doing a surgery on his brain to "make him smart."
Ugh.
I did not like this ride.
So many things rubbed me the wrong way. It was not enjoyable at all.

Scochrane26 We had to read it in high school, but I think we may have just read part of it. Can‘t remember. 3y
TieDyeDude There was a time when I was reading this at least once a year. It's been a while now, I should reread it soon to see how it holds up. A shame it didn't connect with you 3y
ItsAnotherJen @TieDyeDude I know, it is a bummer. My sister is intellectually disabled, it made me uncomfortable thinking of her experiencing what the main character went through. 3y
TieDyeDude Oh, yeah, that would do it... I'm working for an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. I wonder if that'll effect my next reading. 3y
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JenlovesJT47
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Maybe it‘s because I‘ve heard so much hype about this book, but I was a little disappointed. I get what the author was trying to do here, it was just not an enjoyable ride for me. Charlie is pretty unlikeable imo. But I admit the very last paragraph totally made me cry. 3⭐️

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chhroberts
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At the start of this year, I set myself a goal of reading a book a month over 2020 which was a pretty big step up from my usual one or two books a year! Well, we're in November and I've just finished my 12th book! I'm really proud of myself for sticking with it and smashing my goal! I've read some great books and I'm so glad I did it. I'm now looking forward to all the books I'll read in 2021. ❤️📚
My top book this year is Flowers for Algernon 🐭

rwmg Well done 🏆 3y
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rwmg
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Ruthiella
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Howard_L god no 3y
Ruthiella @Howard_L Not a fan? 3y
Eggs Perfecto 👍🏼👌🏼 3y
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Jackal121
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Unbirthday has been flat for three chapters, went into a reading slump. I've decided to reread a childhood favorite to hopefully get me back into the reading spirit. @hannah-leeloo

hannah-leeloo Good luck and happy reading 3y
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Bits
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Going in, I knew Algernon is a mouse and that's it. I WAS NOT PREPARED!
As a special ed teacher, it was a TOUGH read. Ten pages in, I said aloud, “This book is going to destroy me“ (a la Of Mice and Men). It didn't, but still hit a lot of nerves. I imagine Charlie's humanity and autonomy did a lot to impact public perception of cognitive differences in its time (with still so far to go!)
Subject matter aside, this book is, dare I say, genius. 😉

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3y
Lauraandherbooks I was recommended this as an excellent read.. 3y
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rwmg
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The story of Charlie Gordon, whose IQ soars from 68 to 180 after an experimental operation. Now that he's “smart“, will he get the friends he hoped for?

Not quite the way I remembered it from 40-odd years ago but the themes of the difference between IQ and emotional growth and how people treat those they consider “less than“ are timeless. Episodes throughout the book might make the reader sad or angry, but the ending is heart-breaking. 😭 😭 😭

Ruthiella I also read this decades ago in junior high...I remember sobbing at the end.😭 3y
Reggie Ughhhhh the part with the teacher at the end, totally 😭😭😭 3y
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