Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted June 20, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publish Date: February 1, 1999
Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books
Number of pages: 213
Buy:  Amazon | B&N
Source: Bought
Book Description:
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I saw the movie before I read the book and I should not have read the book. I felt annoyed throughout the whole novel. To sum up Charlie in a few words – cry baby – would cover it. The kid cries the whole novel and sometimes I was wondering why he was crying at all. I’m all for a guy who can shed a tear every blue moon and is in touch with his feminine side, but Charlie takes sensitivity to a new level. I can’t say that I have a favorite character or that I even liked the story line on paper. I think this is odd considering I enjoyed the movie very much. There are some stories that should be left only to the screen and this is one of them. I read reviews before I decided to pick up this book and now I think back on how much everyone gushed over it and I don’t see the appeal. I felt myself having to refocus my attention because I could feel my mind wondering. The rest of the characters were so wrapped up in their own drama they never really took the time to get to know Charlie. He struck me as a fly on the wall that floated from scene to scene without making any impact on what was going on. They all claim to like him and Sam and Patrick even claim to “love” him, but I never felt the emotion was true. I felt Sam took advantage of the way Charlie felt about her and only acted on it when she had a way to escape from what would happen between them. At this point in the novel she is ready to go to college and would be leaving Charlie behind. Talk about total mind games. I would recommend watching the movie but read the book at your own risk. I give this book 2 out of 5.




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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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