Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky

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. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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.

Palak just goes Gaga for this book apparently and since the film is coming out very soon, like a true reader, I wanted to read the book first. It Was Awesome! Now, it definitely wasn't perfect at times, and sometimes it didn't have that "real" feeling I also talk about, and sometimes it was hard to understand, but it was a great book!

Charlie is a character that I see in everyone I encounter. Somewhere inside you and everyone seems to be an "inner Charlie." Charlie is awkward and unsure and thoughtful, and he seems to represent everyone's awkward side, or the side that gets scared on the first day of school, or the side where your innocence gets the total better of you. This character is the reason you read this book. I love how Mr. Chobosky doesn't make a perfect character, or even a character that is perfect even with flaws, but he makes a perfectly relate-able character made entirely out of the characteristics us people are embarrassed over. And that is what makes Charlie memorable, his many flaws.

This book is a little hard to follow at times, and that's okay, I just felt the need to point it out. Also, I didn't quite understand the ending at all, and I wasn't so sure about the ending, but like they say, it's the journey that matters instead of the outcome. But, I admit, I did the whole thing where I Google-d what happened at the end. it wasn't bad though because I had read the whole book, mind you.

I have been dying for this movie now because I just want to see how others interpret this book. Of course it's all "Hollywood Up-ed" because, freakin hot Logan Lerman plays awkward undesirable Charlie, but who am I to judge his portrayal. Anywho, If you have the time, read the book before you watch the movie, PLEASE.  But if you must, the book is great movie or not.

Cover: 2/5 stars
Plot: 4/5 stars
-Love, Katie

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