Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Genre: social issues
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 213

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.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course 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.


This was a really fast read that I thought went through so many important things in such a short amount of time. Charlie's starting to grow up in high school, and he doesn't understand much of what's going on around him, but he understands others pain and happiness. He tries to make everyone around him happy, whether it's by being himself or by being someone else.

Charlie was such a cool kid. He didn't force anyone into anything; he never mocked anyone; he simply stood and watched. This gave an interesting narrative in which there wasn't much opinion. Instead, it was Charlie retelling the event, adding a few comments, but going nowhere further.

Overall, The Perks of Being a Wallflower grasped teenage years. It takes us from freshman year all the way to graduation, but not with a single character. It offers a perspective from everyone. How Charlie feels about his new school and friends, how his friends feel about growing up and moving on, about relationships and love. Charlie sees it all, but not through his eyes alone. He also sees his friends and their attitudes towards some of life's greatest years.

The Cover: I like how there's only the one picture, and even then the model remains anonymous just like Charlie!

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