I’m here today on the blog tour for Dear Charlie and I am here with a review of this book! In all honesty I devoured this book quickly because it is incredible. But more on that later, first… here’s some info on the book!
About the Book
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.
At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong.
After reading the synopsis of this book, I was very much intrigued and curious. In my mind I thought it would be like This Is The End but instead this book dives a little further. It’s not the shooting itself that the book focuses on but the consequences that the action leaves behind. And I have to admit that I absolutely loved it. I was pulled straight into the story and connected with the main character instantly as he was incredibly well written. This story pulled me in many directions but left me feeling hopeful and full of warmth.
You Move On
What I found truly powerful about this book was the way that it reeled you in with emotions. I am one of those readers that absolutely loves character development in books and this book had character development by the shed-load. I devoured this book because of it and it meant that the plot of this book followed the journey of our main protagonist as he dealt with the consequences of his brothers’ actions and learnt to deal with it all, growing as a person as the story continued. It was wonderfully written.
There was a small handful of important characters in this book but they were all fully developed and full of personality. My favourite character was Sam. I loved how much he grew throughout the book, but I also just felt for him so much and continuously wished that I could help him. I found him to be a really strong, caring and gentle character and it would have been difficult to hate him. I also thought that his parents were portrayed really well too and you could really see and feel the struggle that they were going through. It really made this book feel more real and that much more emotional.
Dear Charlie is a very moving, very powerful book that I would highly recommend. I got blown away by the characters and felt every emotion that the characters felt. It was intense, heartbreaking and heart-warming all at the same time. It was interesting to view how it must feel like when one of your family members is the monster but they’re no longer around to take the blame. It was a wonderful portrayal of human emotions and a dysfunctional family. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel and think and question, then you should definitely read this book. It was just a very, very gripping read.
About the Author
N.D. Gomes was born in Scotland and graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Media & Journalism Studies, and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education in the US. She currently works in a public school system to increase educational opportunities for students with special needs. Previously, N.D. Gomes wrote for the London-based online student political magazine, deAlign and stage-managed student plays at the LeeStrasberg Theatre Institute in New York City where she attended for two years. She currently divides her time between the US and Scotland, but hopes to spend more time at her cottage in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. Dear Charlie is her debut novel.