Flowers for Algernon | I’M SO SMART NOW GUYS

Title: Flowers for Algernon

Author: Daniel Keyes

Genre: Psychological Science Fiction 

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 deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?

  • This book makes you think SO MUCH about EVERYTHING. Intelligence, love, morals. It’s just sentences building up paragraphs that completely change your ideas, your beliefs, your views. THIS IS WHY WE READ, CHUMS. So we can brag to peasants about how cultured and smart we are especially compared to them. Shall I elaborate?

“How strange it is that people of honest feelings and sensibilty, who would not take advantage of a man born without arms or legs or eyes—how such people think nothing of abusing a man with low intelligence.” 

“Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something else I’ve discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: Intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain.”

  • The writing flawlessly illustrates the mindset of Charlie. Because of the “progress report” writing style, we see how his words and grammar reflect his shift in intelligence.
  • There’s a mouse. Honestly, why are fluffy animal companions so absent in books for those who no longer need a car seat?

  • I didn’t really get that emotionally attached. For me to thoroughly devour a book, I need to love not only the plot and ideas fluttered through the pages, I must also love the characters. SO WHY DON’T I LOVE CHARLIE UGHH??? I think it’s because as his intelligence grows, his compassion and kindness decreases and as troubles and obstacles bubble, so does his self-pity. And that, my friends, is something I can’t stand. 
  • The plot was good—ideas, perspectives, conflict, all woven through. But the pacing? Hmm. Yes, I’m the most impatient reader. That certainly doesn’t mean Flowers for Algernon had to be so terribly patient.

I will never be the same. Like, I’m so smart. Super smart. 

What books make you feel smart and ready to conquer the world? What’s your favorite classic? How do you feel about furry friends in literature?


      Even Pride & Prejudice Can be Conquered with These Books! | Top Ten Tuesday

      Original Top Ten Tuesday Prompt: Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that were out of your comfort zone)

      Revised Prompt Because I’m an Obnoxious Little Rebel: 5 books I loved even though they might not be the most intellectual reads (conquering my pride) and 5 books I loved even though they seem like stuffy old classics (conquering my prejudice). 


      1. Stephanie Perkins‘ Books

      For heaven’s sake, it’s called Anna and the French Kiss! You can’t get more ridiculously superficial than that!

      And they are. The books are tremendously superficial, monstrously cheesy. But they’re good. They feed the guilty pleasure monster lurking inside. They create the stomach happy-bubbles. They quiet the fairy-tale deprivation.

      So who cares if it’s a book I probably wouldn’t read in public? (The books conquered my pride. However, it seems my dignity is still very much intact) As long as they make you happy, then so what?


      2. Sophie Kinsella‘s Books

      Yes, I love rom-coms. Yes, these are rom-coms in book form. Yes, I love it. No, I don’t care if you’re feeling the pretentious need to judge me. SORRY.

      These are adorable. Intellectual? Pfft. Not even close. But they’re a good time. They’re good for the soul. So.

      3. The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Duology by Jenny Han

      Again…To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? P. S. I Still Love You? The covers are lovely, but the titles implore me to only read the books at home.

      In fact, the titles are why it took me so long to read the books.

      Silly me! That’s what I get for being a everything-judger title-judger. Yes, this book was cheesy. Yes, it was good anyway. But most importantly, it was more than superficiality. It had strong family themes surrounding the book, something I wouldn’t have realized if I hadn’t defeated my pride.

      4.  Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

      OKAY YES I WAS HESITANT AT THIS. It seemed, I don’t know, silly? Not meaningful? The point is, I’m a pretentious potato and this book seemed beneath me.

      Moral of the story: I’m a blubbering idiot and have no idea what I’m talking about 89% of the time.

      I loved it. I humbled myself and read it and I loved it. It was more than meaningful, it was beautiful. It was witty without being stupid, it was lyrical without being boring. It was so very real. 


      5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

      “So she goes with some random guy to Paris? Pfft. How typical. How unrealistic?” -Me before this book. I am currently slapping me before this book.

      If terribly done, it would be typical and it would be unrealistic. But it wasn’t. It wasn’t because GAYLE FORMAN IS ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS ALIVE. I don’t know how she managed to take something so romance-based, yet turn it into something so much more than that. I can only compare it to Jane Austen’s writing.

      So there.



      6. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

      My friend actually recommended this to me when I was a small child. 

      What I said in reply was: Oh sure! I’ll check it out of the library!

      What I thought: Sounds OLD. And BORING.

      SOMEONE KICK ME. Because Anne is my hero. Anne is everything.

      7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      I had to read this for school in 7th grade, and BOY WAS I UPSET ABOUT THAT. To ignorant, from-the-past Becca, this looked like the most boring, irrelevant book I could possibly be forced to read.

      I was wrong.

      I was so wrong.

      This is magic. This is wondrous.

      (I do indeed refuse to read Go Set a Watchman.)


      8. The Secret Garden by France’s Hodgson Burnett

      I was fury of a fifth grader, resolute in my decision to hate this book.

      Here’s the thing, I’m not great at hating things. Especially when these things are books that intrigue and capture your heart, your mind, your everything.

      This book is scrumptious.

      9. The Adventures of Tom Saywer by Mark Twain

      I knew it was going to be a boring little biography-style book of the perfect little boy. I just knew.

      Well, it turns out I just knew wrong.

      Tom Saywer is quite the scoundrel which was THRILLING to tiny-child-Becca. Of course, he became my new role model an example of what not to be.

        10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

      Well would you look at that, the namesake for this post.

      My prejudice for this one was actually not my fault. It was my sister who filled my poor, impressionable young mind with her groans while reading this masterpiece. I can take no blame!

      This post has been immensely humbling. I shall never do anything like this ever again.

      What books have humbled you? Don’t you hate/love it when they do that?

      Read-O-Rama Readathon TBR

      Read-O-Rama is a Readathon created by a few booktubers. I thought it looked swankified (Wicked reference in case you musical newbies didn’t know) and fun, so I decided I would join in!

      It takes place from midnight, March 8 to 11:59, March 15. Ergo, it starts tomorrow!

      There are 7 challenges that you try to complete, and the goal is to read 7 books. I’m not sure if it’ll happen, since I do have school, buuut I’ll do my best!

      Read a book from your TBR Jar, or a book someone else picked out for you.

      Since I don’t have a TBR jar, I asked my sister to pick out a book for me. I have no idea what The Alchemist is about, but I know it’ll be a quick read, since it’s less than 200 pages.

      Read a book with green on the cover

      Okay, there are greenish lights reflecting off the water. It counts. Right?

      Read a book with the letters RAMA in the title/author name

      As you can see, there are 2 As, 1 R, and 1 M. So excited to read this! I’ve been in a real fantasy kick lately.

      Read a diverse book

      I don’t have one picked out yet, I think I’ll go to the library and pick one out. After all, it’s free!

      Read a book with flowers on it

      Well, there’s one flower. It counts. I think.

      Read a Contemporary 

      Both We Were Liars and All The Bright Places are contemporaries, so I think I’ve got this challenge covered.

      Finish a series

      I’m so excited to read this! The Grisha Trilogy is so GOOOOOD!

      I’m also going to try to get to another book so that I’ll have read 7 books, though I’m not sure what I’m going to get yet. I’m also not sure if I’ll read all these books, I might read other books to complete the challenges instead of the books I have listed here. We’ll find out in a week!

      Comment below if you’re going to take part of this Readathon, I’d love to know if other bloggers are going to take part!

      Happy Reading!❤️