Monday, 10 September 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Release Date: This edition 2009, first edition 1999
Publisher: Pocket books (Simon and Schuster)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
 
Synopsis: 'I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day... or wondering who did the heart breaking and why.'

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 mixed 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 feel infinite. But Charlie 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.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
 
Review: I think this is my book. You know people have their songs, that they can really relate to? Or a specific song that reflects a period of time in your life. That song that will flip the switch on your memories as you watch them all flood back. Well, this is my book. It's a book I can relate to in many ways and I think I read it at the perfect time. It has immediately become one of my favourite books. And because I borrowed it from the library, I went and bought myself a copy straight away. I want this book on my shelf for years to come. It's the only book I want to give to friends and family to show them that this book is me right at this moment in time.
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower contains many themes and topics, such as drugs, sex, alcohol, abuse, sexuality and even more so life as a teenager with issues. Each topic is dealt with in ways that make them so real. The thing I loved about Charlie is that he didn't exaggerate, he told things how they were and this is what makes them so real. It shows the blunt pain and effects these can have. We see him and his friends struggle with teenage life. Each friend is dealing with different problems and that's just like the real world. You may not know but each person has gone through some sort of trouble or emotional strain and pain and this shows how common these themes and topics are.
 
The book follows Charlie as he journeys into the mysterious place of high school. He's a wallflower, he's shy but he observes. He's clever and very thoughtful sometimes too thoughtful. He gets to the point and doesn't over exaggerate. I loved him right from the start. He's an innocent that is introduced to many things that change him. These things are a good change to him, they introduce him to friends that he will learn to rely on. Charlie has problems or rather issues. Being a wallflower doesn't allow him to participate in life instead he steps back and watches it pass by. I can relate to this in so many ways. I have a strong connection to Charlie, that I have never felt with another character. With the help of his new friends he slowly begins to participate in life.
 
Charlies, new circle of friends are also different. We have Patrick who is rather funny, he's also gay and struggles with a boy who won't let the world know he's gay. Patrick has to go through heartbreak and betrayal by this person he had started to really like. We see him go off the edge and falling into drink, but with some help he pulls himself together. Sam is an interesting character. She's very intelligent and sees the world very differently. She's confident and will speak up, she's inspiring but at the same time she could be quite cold to Charlie. Together the three were brilliant! They made a great group and the sadness you feel when they leave each other is huge.
 
Charlie spoke about his family too in a way that showed the reader their personalities without talking about them too extensively. His narration was truly inspiring, he is wise, mature and intelligent beyond his years. His writing was just, wow. It was beautiful, it flowed perfectly. I would love to be able to write like that. I love this book, the narration, characters, themes, emotions. They were all perfect. Yes, Perfect. I want to read this book again but I will have to wait for my copy to arrive. It will be the book I go back to read again and again. This is a favourite of mine and it will forever be so. This book shows that you can be different and be proud of it. I for one can say proudly, that I am a Wallflower. And I guess that's why I relate to this so much. Please give this book a read, I would love to know what you think.
 

 

1 comment:

  1. This makes me so happy! Perks is my all time favourite book and I think it will remain there forever, seriously - isn't it amazing? I'm so glad that you enjoyed it as much as I did! :)

    Steph

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