While writing this post, I’m listening to the One Winter music playlist that Charlie gave to his friend Patrick. It’s a great selection of songs and in case you’re interested to hear them, check out the video playlist I made below. Going back to the book though, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time now. Last week, I finally got the chance and I enjoyed every minute of it. I read the book not because there’s a movie coming out but I was delighted to hear that news.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
'I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day... or wondering who did the heart breaking and why.'
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 mixed 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 Charlie 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.
What I love about the book is that the story is told through the letters that Charlie wrote to an anonymous person. We get to read about the events that make-up the story in Charlie’s eyes. Charlie’s character is very innocent and a little naive. Sometimes he has an unbiased notion of what is right and wrong. Part of the character’s charm is the innocence and the way he tells things and emotions with brutal honesty.
There’s also a lot of references to pop culture like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the music, the movies and a lot of classic novels. I love this because it makes the story very easy to relate to which is also why it belongs to suggested reading lists for schools. Perks of being a Wallflower is heartwarming without it trying too hard. It doesn’t hide behind a mask of idealistic views. However vulgar and scandalous some parts of the book might be, it was written in a way that you can nod and say it is really happening in real life.
I loved the book. It is a good read and highly recommended. It is humbling and touching at the same time. Charlie is such an endearing character and now I’m looking forward to seeing the movie too.