The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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Author: Stephen Chbosky

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis

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.

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Perks already, especially since Emma Watson was in it, and it was a pretty a big deal last year.

Charlie, after losing his friend Michael to suicide in middle school, is starting his freshman year of high school. He begins a journal documenting his freshman year, using his experiences of the year as a plethora of letters to some mysterious person he calls, “dear friend.” We never know who he’s writing to.

If you’re a frequent tumblarian, you’ve probably have found many quotes from the book while scrolling down your dash. Maybe you’ve even reblogged them, whether or not you’ve read the book.

I realized about halfway through the book, if it was set today, in 2013, Charlie would’ve been tormented by his peers. He cries a lot, and it’s pretty weird. But at the end y0u find out why he’s so strange, and it makes sense.

The book is an emotional roller coaster. A real coming of age story. I’m sure we all remember our awkward teenybooper days, and can relate to Charlie as he tries to get the human experience. You sort of see something of yourself in him. He has his ups and downs, his first love, and partakes in many experiences in which he otherwise wouldn’t if not for the friendship of Sam and Patrick.

It’s a really good book, for all ages, but those who remember their childhood pretty vividly would probably relate better to it. Some of my favorite quotes, as follows, are:

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“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.”

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

“I don’t even remember the season. I just remember walking between them and feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere.”

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  1. Some truly fantastic info , Glad I detected this. “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” by Jalal ud-Din Rumi.

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  2. I finished this book today starting yesterday, and I adored it 5/5 here too! At first I was skeptical to the whole letters to unknown person kinda thing, but as I came after page 50 I was hooked and loved the way Charlie wrote his letters… That is for the touching and really good ending! ❤ One of my all time favorite books!

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