Books | The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

3.10.14




This book, by Stephen Chbosky, has been on my reading back-burner for longer than I care to admit, so I was delighted when a few weeks ago I actually sat down to give it a good old going over.

This coming-of-age novel is based around freshman Charlie who, as we know, is a bit of a loner, an introvert and quite shy. A wallflower, if you will. This is until he makes new friends who teach him all about the world of sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Throughout the story we are given brief glimpses into Charlie's past, as well as his relationships with family members and friends alike. And we get to see what it's like to be that wallflower thrown in to a host of new experiences, as well as having to come to terms with old ones.

This book is written in a diary style which I personally loved. It allows the reader to really get inside the protagonists' head, and understand him and his ways. Myself, being a loud confident person, loved reading from an introverts point of view. I always find it refreshing. Charlie grows an awful lot as a character and his development is a pleasure to read - if not sometimes a little uncomfortable. (If you've read the book you'll know what I mean.) As far as supporting characters go I loved them all apart from 1 who was slightly annoying but I think she was meant to be. Sam, Patrick and Bill (my personal favourite) all help to guide Charlie in a different way and make him see his true worth which makes for lovely reading. Bill and Charlie's conversations are something special with one of them producing one of my favourite ever quotes from a book, 'We accept the love we think we deserve.'

Although I did enjoy this book I felt there was something missing. I could easily read a few chapters and then put it down for a number of days, without itching to pick it back up again. I'm really not sure why as I enjoyed the narration, the characters and the story. My sister and I were discussing this one day and she mentioned that it may be the fact that it's inside a boy's head as oppose to a girl who you can relate to.

I'm not sure what was missing, but something was which means it's just getting 4/5 from me this time. Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think? xo

PS. - I absolutely loved the film version of this. And that never happens?!


4 comments:

  1. Great review! This is actually my favourite book, I'm glad you liked it!

    Lauren x
    Lifestyle & Book Blog: http://whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. I felt exactly the same. I found the script from the film and the book similar so I don't know why I was drawn less to the book. The film will definitely stay with me I loved it!

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  3. I've seen the movie and it was great, can't wait to read the book xx

    Rose
    http://crumbliest.blogspot.com/

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  4. This book sounds to be great! I was looking for a good book to read and this might just be it. Thank you so much for posting! :)) x

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