Flowers for Algernon

I just finished reading Flowers for Algernon and what an ending! I mean, I knew how the book ended because I read it once in eight grade. But books didn’t affect me then the way they do now. On the train into work, I had to fight back some of the emotions. I don’t mind laughing outloud on the train, but to sit there with tears in your eyes seems silly. When I got into the office, I had about 20 pages to go, so I closed my door and finished the book.

I knew the last line of the novel before I ever got to it but it was still the most touching part of the whole book to me: “P.S. please if you get a chance put some flowers on Algernons grave in the backyard.” Whew!

Very good book!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.