Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Book)

I really enjoyed this book. I had watched the movie when it released a couple years ago, and while I was reading it I pictured those actors and those scenes.
Reading it though still felt new.
I loved the movie and I love the book.

I’m getting ahead of myself. The book I’m talking about is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It’s about Charlie going through his first year of high school and telling the experience through letters to someone he doesn’t know.

One review on the back compares it to Catcher in the Rye and it definitely has those elements of being a first-person narrative and telling your honest thoughts. Although Holden Caulfield spoke in a stream of consciousness thought process, while Charlie is more hesitant to share details – it is a stranger he’s telling this all to after all.

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Though I can’t relate to Charlie in many ways, there’s the common ground of wanting to feel part of something, of being included. The way Charlie describes his friends helps you to enter his world and feel like they could be your friends too. He’s a young kid who has gone through a lot, though he reminds himself there’s people out there who have it worse.

There’s two main quotes that became popular from this book include, “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
It sums up the overall feeling of the book quite nicely.

Read the book and/or watch the movie.
The movie was written and directed by the author so you’re in good hands watching the adaptation.


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