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Saving Charlie
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Date released: December 26, 2007
Author: Aury Wallington
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Number of pages: 261

Saving Charlie is a book about the relationship between Hiro Nakamura and Charlie Andrews. It is written by Aury Wallington, with story by Jeph Loeb, based on the series Heroes created by Tim Kring. For a summary of the book, see here.


Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, Saving Charlie tells the tale briefly seen in Six Months Ago about the characters Hiro Nakamura and Charlie Andrews, and how their relationship was created and evolved. It is 256 pages long, and was released on December 26, 2007, with a cover price of $23.95. It was originally only available as a hard-cover book; after some time, the book also became available in digital formats. The novel was written with the full cooperation and consultation of the show's creators.


After watching the gruesome murder of Charlie Andrews in the Burnt Toast Cafe, Hiro Nakamura tells his friend, Ando Masahashi, that he will travel back in time to the day before, and warn Charlie of the man who killed her. However, he accidentally time travels six months into the past to Charlie's birthday party. Hiro must now convince Charlie of his amazing ability, and alter history to prevent her death.

For a chapter-by-chapter summary of the book, see here.


Crossover Characters

The following characters are featured in Saving Charlie and elsewhere in the Heroes universe.

  • Lloyd Collins is a cop who regularly comes to the Burnt Toast Diner. He and Charlie have dated in the past and he shows feelings for her and bullies Hiro.
  • Isaac Mendez is the painter whom Hiro saw three inches of his head cut off in the future (like Charlie) by the Brain Man.
  • Kaito Nakamura is Hiro's dad, the focus of many flashbacks. He and Hiro are very different and usually avoid each other, but Hiro finds they have more in common than he thinks.
  • Niki Sanders is the online stripper whom Ando pays to take off her clothes. He believes that they are in love.
  • James Walker is the person whose body Hiro saw after he teleported into L.A. Seeing James made Hiro realize what his destiny was all about and that he shouldn't get screwed up in a relationship.
  • Molly Walker is one of the little girls who was making fun of Hiro at the zoo.

Characters Exclusive to Saving Charlie

The following characters are featured exclusively in Saving Charlie.

  • Matsu Bekku, the captain of the Physics Olympics team at Hiro's high school.
  • Dwayne, one of Lloyd's friends.
  • Erika, Charlie's aunt who took Charlie as her own child when Charlie's parents died.
  • "Fauxhawk", a teenage boy that Hiro watches make out with his girlfriend.
  • Kozumi, a young man that Hiro felt his boyhood crush was in love with.
  • Senor Manfredi, one of Kaito's friends who invited Hiro and Kaito to the Running of the Bulls.
  • Tami Oyoki, Kimiko's best friend on whom Hiro had a crush until he found out she liked another guy.
  • PJ, an employee at a comic book store at the mall.
  • Robogirl, the superpowered robot from the manga Robogirl whom Hiro compares Charlie to a lot.
  • Mrs. Roiz, the landlady of Hiro's apartment in Texas.
  • Willie, one of Lloyd's friends.


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Differences from the Episodes

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  • When Hiro stops time on the Tokyo subway, the book says that he is watching a monitor with an advertisement for New York City, but the episode shows him gazing listlessly at nothing. (Chapter 3)
  • When Hiro and Ando go into the karaoke bar, the book portrays that Charlie is singing, but the episode shows two guys singing (in English).

Don't Look Back

  • The book describes the newsie as having a "face like a boil". Viewers of the episodes might describe him differently. (Chapter 17)

Seven Minutes to Midnight

  • In the book, Lloyd has a mustache and bushy sideburns that "threatened to take over his face". In the episodes, Lloyd has no mustache, and his sideburns are large, but not as large as described in the book.


  • The book describes Lynette as being very short and fat, using descriptions like "perfectly round", "sphere-shaped", and "barely came up to [Hiro's] chin". In the episodes, Lynette is not short, and is certainly not as large as she is described in the book. (Chapter 2, Chapter 9)
  • When Hiro arrives at Charlie's birthday party, the book says that Lynette calls Charlie over to blow out the candles, but the episode depicts Sheriff Davidson beckoning her. (Chapter 6)

Six Months Ago

  • When Hiro comes back to the diner for the last time, the book says that Ando is outside leaning on the window, but the episode shows Hiro coming in the diner and then Ando seeing him (Ando being inside the diner).

Once Upon a Time in Texas

  • When Hiro and Charlie plan to go on her trip around the world, they say that they want to go to Otsu, Japan for the first stop, however in the book they all ready had gone there and started the trip.


  • In chapter 9 of the book, there is a typo. It says "the glowing red numbers on the beside clock-radio". It should say "the glowing red numbers on the bedside clock-radio".
  • In chapter 16, Lynette's name is misspelled "Lynnette".
  • Hiro discovers that James Walker's body has been in the morgue since August 19, 2006. If all the events of Don't Look Back happen on the same day or even around the same time, then James Walker's body would have been in his house on October 2, 2006.
  • In the book, Merle's last name is spelled both "Eckels" (Chapter 16) and "Eckles" (Chapter 44).
  • In Chapter 21, it says that Charlie and Hiro's first kiss was on June 28, 2006. In Chapter 45, it says that their first kiss was July 1, 2006.


External Links

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