Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Released: June 29. 2010
Publisher: MTV Books
Page Amount: 213, US Hardback
POV: 1st Person (Charlie)
Buy it here: Barnes & Noble

=95/100 A

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.  -Goodreads

This is the kind of book you just HAVE to read the book before you see the movie! I'm so glad I spent my last pennies on this book. I devoured it in 3 days, it was that intriguing. It isn't your normal YA book because it is written in letters to "a friend". Normally, I don't like that kind of book, but I loved the way this book read. I feel like there are many ways to get involved with this book because it incorporates other novels and songs into the plot. This book is ten times more fun if you listen to the same songs Charlie is listening to. The plot involves every aspect of high school. I really enjoyed that. It has everything I'm going through in it. This is definitely a great book to get you thinking about all the things that go on in school and really helps you to think about living in the moment. It really isn't a light book to read, it has many dark themes, which some readers may find disturbing. Personally though, this book was one of my best investments. I enjoyed it thoroughly and may even re-read it in the near-future.

The characters were so flipping amazing! Charlie was so adorable and an awesome narrarator. I loved getting inside his head. I really felt deeply connected to Charlie and all his experiences. He's a lost soul, trying to find his place. His friends, Sam and Patrick, are the kind of friends you want to have! They are so fun and loyal. Oh my... I wish I had a Patrick in my life. He's such a deep character and I felt that the letter format really enabled me to really get to know each of the minor characters. They seem just as vivid as Charlie. Sam...Oh my, she really needs to go out with Charlie. They are so meant to be in my mind. I also really liked Bill and all the books he gave to Charlie to read. I'm planning on reading those same classics soon. Participation!! :D

The ending was so incredibly surprising. I was so sad that the book was over, but the ending was just plain wow... It definitely that WOW factor I always look for in a book. I feel so bad for Charlie and the ending really does make a lot of sense. I just wish this book was longer. I loved all the characters and really wish I could see how far they've come and what else happens in their lives.

My Favorite Part: The plot of all the "firsts" of high school and the quote about "being infinite".

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely, it's a great book to read before the movie!

Thank you all for reading!

It's a Book Thing
Review by Macy ♥

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, I have this one sitting in my "near future to-read pile" and now I know to choose it next.


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