Apr 22, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a WallflowerAuthor: Stephen Chbosky
Release Date: February 1, 1999
Publisher: Gallery Books
Shelfability: Must read
Pages: 213
Format: Paperback

Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to fell infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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My Review: This book was one I never knew existed till I saw that it was becoming a movie. I am stubborn when it comes to movies coming out based on books in the way that I refuse to watch the movie till I have read the book. It was a good decision.

The story takes place in Charlie's hometown going between his school, his home, and also through the homes of the new friends he makes. He writes letters to a stranger in hopes that just having someone read his letters that they will understand him better. You can hear how he changes throughout the letters as the time passes and the difference that is coming in his life.

This book has more than just a story, it has a meaning far beyond the words. I had a rough time when I was in high school, so this book also had hard spots for me knowing I went through some of the same things he did. I really wish that I would have read this book back when I was in high school, it would have given me a lot of hope and determination to make it through. I don't want to say too much to ruin the story for all of you. Just know as you read this, you will feel all sorts of emotions. Anger, sadness, depression, happiness. I rethought my whole life after this book. I honestly wasn't able to see anything in the same light anymore. I felt like things were missing and I needed to find them. You know a book is good when you don't feel the same as you did before reading it.

I recommend this book to not only the young ones going through school, but also to anyone of any age. It has so much to learn for all different age groups. Just the meaning behind the story can make a difference in anyone's life.

1 comment:

  1. Perks is one of my all time favorite books (and now the movie is one of my favorites too). Chbosky is amazing. I'm glad you liked it!


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