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.
Looking at that in a post it seems very long…
This book… I don’t know what to say about it…
It covers everything, sex, drugs, relationships, school, family problems, gay relationships, everything you could wonder about. It’s just a story of a boy growing up with his deeply confusing world, friends and family.
The book is written as letters from Charlie to a mystery “friend”. The letters follow Charlie through one year of his life. From August 1991 to August 1992.
The characters a brilliant, all of them so confusing and strange, more like real life than probably anything I’ve read. Same for Charlie, I don’t know how he’s so relatable, but he is. He’s so confused and confusing. He just reflects the confusion I personally feel inside.
The writing is really good, I still don’t feel I can comment on writing as I still don’t know very much about it, so it’s probably not the best opinion in the world, but I think it’s well written.
I saw the film before I read this book and I will try very hard to never do that ever again. I don’t like it, it’s like it’s already shaped what I think of the book and it’s characters. Which I can’t let happen.
Even though I knew what was happening and what was coming it was incredibly powerful. Maybe it’s just me, but it left me in a daze. It was one of those books that took me out of my world and into his, while still relating to my life, it was like being stuck in limbo.
You should definitely read this book, I would, and will, recommend it to just about anyone. Although it is a little bit older and definitely not a children’s book. Once you’ve read it you should see the film, and if you’ve done what I did and seen it first, it’s definitely still worth the read 🙂
I give this book 10/10 Because I think it’s amazing.