Friday, 12 March 2010

"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower"

Stephen Chbosky's story follows an angsty teen through high school in the early 1990's, in a series of anonymous letters (signed "Charlie") to someone who seemed nice because they didn't take advantage of drunk girls, according to a classmate's anecdote. The letters tell of relationships, parties, school and family life for Charlie, and he admits his innermost feelings about events, starting with the suicide of his friend, "Michael".

I loved the honesty of the book, and the way that it was presented through the letters, and avoiding information which could reveal Charlie's true identity. The story was very interesting and I felt like I could understand Charlie, which was nice. I was highly recommended the book, and will pass on the same praise to anyone looking for a short, amazing novel about teenage life. In fact, to anyone, even if they aren't looking for that sort of book!

"I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn't." [Page 73]

My rating: (3.5/5.0)

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