This is a coming of age story that mentions a lot of deep issues of sex, rape, molestation, death, drugs, etc. but these issues weren't really dealt with because the POV is through Charlie who is socially awkward and somewhat of an emotionless introvert. It's hard to say what was wrong with Charlie and I had many guesses of either mental illness, anxiety, depression, trauma, or autism. It would have been nice if we got the answer to this. But what we got is enough to say that it was literally written artistically where I can see why so many people love this book.