TITLE: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
AUTHOR: Stephen Chbosky
GENRES: Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: February 2nd 2009
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
“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 wondering 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.
WHAT I THINK
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is Charlie’s coming of age story. He writes these letters through his freshman year, telling everything that’s going on in his life. The good and the bad. It’s also a journey for himself to figure out what exactly is his ‘problem’, what is somewhat causing all this.
I think what it says in the back of the book fits perfectly: a deeply affecting coming-of-age story. I’m a person who sometimes gets too involved in a book and starts to feel like the characters does. I actually had to put this on hold after 120 pages because I was starting to feel really sad and sorry and everything. Started to think everything too much, kind of like Charlie did many times. It just felt that every character had had something very bad happen to them, like none of them had had a happy history.
So this was a very oppressive book for me to read, I think I could say. But today I sat down and decided to finish it. It never left my mind completely while taking a break from it. I’m glad I did it. Though it got a little more intense toward the end, it was still worth it. I like to think everyone had a happy ending.
Characters were nice. I liked everyone of them, even the not so likable ones. But none of them grew special for me. There wasn’t any connection which is something I hope to gain from a book. But Charlie of course became somewhat important and Patrick.
The family wasn’t there enough. It felt like they were somewhat ignorant about Charlie’s condition and everything going on in his life. I would have liked to see them be more involved. Now it was almost the same if they wouldn’t have been there before the end of the book.
There were some letters that I was left wondering what happened after, why that happened etc and I hoped that Charlie would continue and tell more in his next letter. But it never happened. Maybe I just think too much. All in all this was a great coming-of-age story with a person who has some mental health problems.