Flowers For Algernon By Daniel Keyes

March 28, 2016

Review by Renee Vetter 

Charlie Gordon is a 33-year-old man who is mentally handicapped. He attends the adult center to help him learn and has a job at Mr. Donner’s bakery.  When a group of scientists from Beekman University asks him if he wants to be operated on to make him smarter, of course, he accepts. They have only ever done this operation once before, on a rat named Algernon. Little do Charlie and the scientists know, Charlie’s I.Q. level is going to rise, and rise and rise.

In my opinion, this book was a trainwreck. I could never completely understand what was going on in the story, and most of the time I had to jump around the page to understand it. I would not recommend this book to anyone in sixth or seventh grade unless you are a reading prodigy. This book was narrated in a very strange point of view. It was told from the perspective of Charlie, but there were some times in the book where something important happened to him and he didn’t fully describe and tell it, and later he would mention something we wouldn’t understand because he didn’t tell us everything. Overall, this was an extremely confusing book for more mature readers.


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