The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the book!

4 years ago

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written by Stephen Chbosky

I read this book in about 3 or 4 days, it is like 210 pages I think. It was a pretty easy read but it was really great and a real page turner. I loved it because I kind of compared the character of Charlie to myself which can be good and bad. The book is slightly controversial in some eyes, and it has been on the list of the top five most banned or challenged books in high school libraries, but I think that is all hokum. Also, if you have read "Go Ask Alice," by anonymous I would highly recommend this book, as they are very similar and share the same letter format, well I guess Alice keeps a diary, but they are very similar. This one is not as dark, however.

Now, I don`t know if this book is exactly one that can be quote on quote "spoiled," but there are a few things I will talk about now that do give information that doesn`t come about until the end, so if you don`t wish to hear it don`t read it haha.

The book is about Charlie, who is an awkward incoming freshman from a family of outstanding siblings. His sister becomes salutatorian at the end of the book and his brother plays football for Penn State. And then there`s Charlie. He is a very good listener but not very outgoing. In the jungle we all face and know as high school he finds himself alone and in an attempt to make friends he decides to sit by a boy, he had heard of from his brother but had never talked to before, at a football game. This is Patrick. They soon find themselves close friends along with Patrick`s step sister Sam. The book is written in a series of letters from Charlie to an unknown recipient outlining the trials and tribulations of his first year of high school and his quest to "participate" in life. I really enjoyed this book and encourage you to read it before seeing the movie (which I have not gone to yet, but it is always better in that order!).

Have any of you read it? Would you? Did you see the movie? What did you think of either of them?

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