Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Rating: 5 stars
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 he 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.
I know I probably said that I will have a review for The Fault In Our Stars but the book is not with me now. My friend borrowed it. So let’s settle for The Perks of Being A Wallflower.
This novel written by Stephen Chbosky centered on Charlie, a wallflower, and his way of living. As a teenager, he is prone to drugs, sex and other forms of violence. The book is narrated by Charlie in a diary form, calling his readers “friend”.
The book was first published in 1999 so the story was set during the 90’s, having references such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Smiths, The Beatles and To Kill A Mockingbird.
One thing I like about the book is that it’s realistic. I mean, in which way you try to read it, you can relate your life to the story because it happens in reality. We know teens do drugs, drink alcohol and have sex because it’s a way of “escaping the harsh reality”. Even the part wherein homosexuality was shown, which was not really considered at that time, but look at our society now. Same-sex marriage being legalized and LGBT society being accepted, though there’s still some violence being incorporated in the form of bullying. The sense of familiarity is there, which makes the book easy to understand, even the some thoughts are deep.
I’m not pretty sure if all of you have seen the movie, because I haven’t. If you did, I know it was great because the author was the one who directed the movie, and from the trailers I’ve seen, it’s close to the novel.
For all of you out there who haven’t read this book, I recommend you to pick up this book and give it a shot. I’m sure you will not regret it.