I don’t usually post book reviews on my blog, but after finally reading, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I feel the need to share my thoughts about this book.
Let me start by saying…Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. Charlie, the protagonist, is perfect. Not perfect because he is not flawed, but because he is flawed and he is real. You can’t help but feel for him, relate to him, and just plain—love him.
I couldn’t put this book down. There were too many things about it that kept me glued to the pages. I found myself reading certain lines over and over again, because they were so beautifully written. Many times I found myself teary-eyed, at one point even crying, other times, nodding my head or shaking my head because I felt a strong connection to Charlie and his sentiments. He is one of those characters that will linger in your head for a long while.
Here are only a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”
“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.”
“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 in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
“And nobody felt sad as long as we could post-pone tomorrow with more nostalgia.”
I plan to watch the movie very soon. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed since the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.
For me, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is up there with “The Catcher in the Rye.” They’re both raw and honest coming-of-age stories that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
To me, a good book is the kind that makes you chuckle, laugh, and cry. The kind that not only tells you a story, but engages you and affects you and stays with you. This book did all of that.
If you haven’t read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I hope that you do. And if you have read it, what did you think of the book?