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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

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I watched the movie before reading this book. I watched it months ago. I'm not sure I'd have liked the book any better if I hadn't seen the movie (or, conversely, liked it any worse), but I think it's probably important to note that the entire time I was reading this book, I just had the movie in mind. I visualised the scenes from the movie. Overall, I came away with the feeling that the movie was an amazing adaptation of a pretty sweet book, and I think the movie also had a better climax - in terms of what happened the climax is the same, of course, but because the format of the book is a series of letters Charlie is writing to a mysterious someone, the climax is basically Charlie writing, "so basically, I realised that what I dreamed about Aunt Helen is true and now I've been in the hospital for two months," which... was not really as good as the way it happened in the movie.

Nonetheless, I really liked the book. ( )
  Jayeless | May 27, 2020 |
The Perks of Being a Wallflower surrounds the life of a 15 year old boy named Charlie. Charlie recently lost his best friend, and only friend, to suicide, whom he regularly writes letters to. He also lost his aunt a couple years back on Christmas Eve, whom he was very close with. So, the holidays hit very close since Christmas Eve is also his birthday. Charlie starts of as a very quiet, reserved, an observant boy with no friends. But, he meet a boy named Patrick who is gay, and his step-sister Sam. Charlie quickly develops feelings for Sam, and tells her. But, she doesn't reciprocate the feelings. As time progresses, Charlie preforms in his friend group's regular preform of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as Rocky. He then begins dating their friend Mary Elizabeth, who is also senior like the others. Their relationship quickly goes awry during a game of truth or dare, when Charlie is dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Kissing Sam instead of Mary Elizabeth. This ends in the friend group distancing themselves from Charlie. Until one day, Brad, the quarterback of the football team who has been secretly having a relationship with Patrick, gets caught with him by Brad's father. This results in Brad being sent to rehab and thus, stops all contact with Patrick. And Patrick later ends up confronting him, but ends up getting beaten up by Brad's friends. Until Charlie steps in, punching them all, and earning back the trust of his friends. We later see that Charlie's friends are preparing for collage and that frightens Charlie, who following that is comforted by Sam, ending in them kissing. We also find out, when it all becomes too much for Charlie, he remembers something he has been repressing since he was a child. That his aunt Helen had been molesting him. This comes to light when he gets taken to the hospital after his parents find him. As Charlie recovers from the trauma, the book ends with him writing one final letter to his friend, telling him he isn't going to write anymore, and that he is going to try to be happy and be more involved.

I would definitely recommend this book. It talks about a lot of heavy topics, such as abuse, depression, and suicide. But, I think it can be relatable for a lot of people. Especially nowadays. I enjoyed this book because you don't really find books willing to talk about these things because people are too afraid to say them. But, I think that just makes the people dealing with them feel more alone. Which is why I think this book is so incredible. It's just so raw, and real. And it's just has such beautiful writing and it just makes you feel so many things. I also think that this is the only book that I've ever really felt connected to, as I've struggled and continue to struggle with some of the things mentioned. And it just makes me feel better because I know it's normal and it makes you feel less alone in the world. Because even though everything can suck sometimes, you still have people who will stick by you. And care for you regardless of what happens. It's just such a beautiful book. ( )
  MMcDonald.ELA2 | May 26, 2020 |
“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.”

Though at point to point the description of the teenage years seemed unrealistic, overly simplistic, and sometimes outright nostalgic (as though they are being written by people older than those years), the book is ultimately enjoyable - at some points heartwarming, at some points heart-aching. ( )
  MahiShafiullah | May 25, 2020 |
**edit** 4/13/17 - I'm lowering my rating to 3-stars because there are some things in there that can be considered harmful or problematic. ( )
  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
Sudden urge to write a YA novel coincides with reading books for depressed kids and calling it "research." Parts of this are pretty great, I think they're a pretty realistic depiction of being depressed, of alienating everyone around you without really knowing why, and other parts just chafe. "What is it, as the French say, comment dit-on... 'Masturbation'? WOW!" I feel like few kids are this credulous. Parts of this read less like a kid's first year of high school and more like an alien's first year on Earth, or maybe someone who doesn't speak English trying to describe their depression. Being kind of a precocious "writer type" myself I take serious umbrage with a lot of literate, sensitive main characters, har-har, and esp. with the fact that the teacher takes him aside and gives him possibly the worst, sloppiest recommended reading list ever, just a hodgepodge of best selling cult literature like "The Fountainhead" and "Naked Lunch," WHY!!! All the other pop culture details are intact??? I can get behind a 15 year old kid listening to the Smiths but reading Ayn Rand and really liking it? For a writer writing about writer types, Stephen Chbosky really fucked that one UP. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
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Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.
“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”
“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.”
And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all 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.
Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think that everyone is special in their own way. I really do.
The inside jokes weren’t jokes anymore. They had become stories. Nobody brought up the bad names or the bad times. And nobody felt sad as long as we could postpone tomorrow with more nostalgia.
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