Friday, June 8, 2012

Book Review #145 - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

'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.

My Rating: 3.5/5

This book was completely different to anything I had previously read.

It didn't have a plot and so I had to keep putting the book down so I wouldn't lose interest.

Charlie, was a very strange although likeable character. I am interested to see how he is portrayed in the movie.

This is one of those books that even after reading it you are still not sure of your opinion about it. It's not that I hated the book, I just didn't completely love it either.

I'm not sure this is a book that I would read for a second time although it is a book that I would recommend to anyone.

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