Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Today I am going to be sharing my review on The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I can't believe that I just now read this book! I have always herd great things about it and have been meaning to pick it up, but it recently attracted my attention when I herd of the moving being made. I'm always a sucker for reading books if there is going to be a movie made on them. I have not seen the movie yet but I definitely cannot wait till it comes out on dvd.

Summary from goodreads:

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 mix-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.

First I wanted to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it. I don't exactly know what else to tell you other than I loved this book. The book is told from the main character, Charlie, who is a freshmen in high school. This is sort of written in a diary like form, except instead of a diary, Charlie is writing letters to someone about his every day life. He addresses the letters as "Dear Friend" but we don't exactly know who he is writing to, and the person whom is receiving his letters doesn't know who he is. Basically Charlie just needs someone to talk to and share things with so that is why he decides to write these letters. 

I really loved Charlie's character in this book. He is so innocent and pure it is unbelievable. He is sweet and quirky and just unlike any character I've ever read from. I love how he cares so much about his sister and family. He cares about his friends and one of his favorite teachers. He just care about everyone and everything in general. He knows he is different and doesn't exactly fit in anywhere in high school, but I'm sure most of us can relate to him in that aspect when we were younger once too. He makes friends with a couple of older high school kids who are seniors. They kind of treat Charlie as a younger brother but they are really genuine with him and their friendship at the same time which I think is wonderful. Since Charlie is hanging out with older teenagers, he goes to parties and experiments with things like drinking and drugs. Charlie he doesn't do these things from peer pressure he does them simply because he is curious, which is a great example of what I mean when I say he is such an innocent person. I love the way Charlie portrayed the other characters in the story as well. His two best friends Same and Patrick are nothing but wonderful to Charlie and they are some of my favorite characters in the story. 

I rated this book 5/5 stars of good reads and it's a book that I can recommend for everyone to read! I might do a book to movie comparison after I see the movie ;)

Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review!! 

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