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Flowers For Algernon – Daniel Keyes || Classic Book REVIEW

So, awhile back I said I would read one classic book a month and then directly after that I didn’t follow up with the challenge…oops.

So here I am, back on the wagon with my second classic of the year. Was this one worth the title? Let’s find out!


With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie? — Goodreads

Rating – R (Language, Disturbing images, Sexual scenes TRIGGER WARNING! ABUSE ) 

Publication Date – 4 / 59

Length – 216 pages

The Good –

  • Let’s get this out there right at the beginning. This book is HEARTBREAKING! This was so authentic and real. There were parts that I have had similar situations, in my own life.
  • The writing was fantastic. It is written in a letter format, from Charlie’s perspective. It starts out where Charlie can barely spell out his words and very gradually we see him beginning to spell correctly and use grammar and punctuation.
  • This book was very scientific, but not in a way where the reader get’s lost. I think this is because if we got lost Charlie would be also lost, in the beginning especially.
  • Towards the middle of the book, there is mounting fear as we see the rat, Algernon, following the path that Charlie will soon take, as well.
  • There is a love story, and honestly it’s so refreshing.

The Meh –

  • It was a little slow moving for my taste, in the beginning. It took me like half a week to get through the first 30 – 50 pages, but then I read the rest in like a day.

No Bad!

  • STORY – 5/5 (Such a real tale of progression and regression. It was haunting and sad to say the least)
  • CHARACTERS – 5/5 (Again is was so real. Every character was someone who you knew.
  • WRITING – 5/5 (Written in a journal format it starts with our main character writing with many spelling and grammar errors and then we are able to see his growth. It was just genius)
  • UNIQUENESS – 5/5 (everything mentioned made this a wholly unique book)



Have you read this? What did you think about it? I’d love to know!

What classic should I read next month?

Thanks for reading!


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Check out my last post on my review of Devil’s Call – J. Danielle Dorn HERE!



Just a college student with an unnatural love for books and too many thoughts to keep to herself.

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