At 15, Charlie is a sweet, naive boy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Through letters to an unknown person, his straightforward, piercing observations about his dysfunctional family, his loving friends, and his own confusing feelings betray the painful, exhilarating process of growing up. Deeply affected by the death of his beloved Aunt Helen and the suicide of his best friend, Charlie often quietly explodes with emotion. He prefers to study life rather than live it, but a burgeoning friendship with Patrick and his stepsister, Sam, take Charlie out of his books and into a world filled with mix-tapes, crushes, long conversations, parties, drugs, and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. A bittersweet coming-of-age story.