4.5 A Must Read! richardbutler1985 | 17/01/2013 | See all richardbutler1985's reviews (2) This was a really good read and the style/format it was written in showcases the overall story and lets the reader engage with Charlie, the main character writing the entries, from the off.I thought the idea of the progress reports was a great touch to put across the stages with which he is developing, starting with the ideal candidate in a low IQ willing participant all the way to super genius who becomes more intelligent than the collective group of scientists who are working on the project.Overall it left me feeling sorry for Charlie as he wanted to partake in the operation to become more intelligent and meet and converse with people. He thought he had friends in the bakery where he worked but as his intelligence increased he became self-aware of past events with people from the bakery and also involving his childhood with his parents showing him that things were not always as he had previously interpreted. At the height of his intellectual powers it comes across that Charlie has an air of superiority to others which tilts the scales in the other direction and people become apprehensive around him due to his great intellect. There were very few moments which showed Charlie as fitting in and being happy, he always seemed to be the outsider.Highly recommended.