BOOK REVIEW: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky

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Title: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Genre: YA, Fiction, Contemporary
First published: 1999
Finished reading: August 10th 2015
Pages: 224
Rating 3,5

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

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I have heard mixed things about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower for many years now and I thought it was about time I finally read this controversial novel by Stephen Chbosky. This story has appeared on my banned books lists ever since it was published fifteen years ago and now I’ve read it I can understand why some people might be offended by some of the themes discussed. Still, I don’t think The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is such a bad read for teenagers. The characters are very realistic and it deals with a lot of themes like sex, drugs and domestic violence that teenagers should be aware of. The prose is interesting with all the letters Charlie writes to his friend. I do I think I would have liked the story better if I would have read it ten years ago… I probably would have connected better to the characters. Still, I would definitely recommend it to fans of realistic YA fiction; it’s a very interesting read.

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Charlie is a freshman and very intelligent. He is also shy and socially awkward… Making him into a wallflower. He has two very good friends though, Patrick and Sam, who help him develop some social skills. Charlie tells his story through letters to an unnamed friend; we see him struggle to fit in with the ‘normal’ teenagers and deal with his own feelings. Charlie can’t stand on the sidline forever; it’s time he learns how to start living. And life sure isn’t easy…

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I did enjoy The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, but not as much as I know some others. Part of the problem might be that I feel this novel is meant for teenagers and I cannot connect to the characters in the same way now I’m 27. I did like the prose and the letters Charlie wrote to his friend, but I just wasn’t blown away by it. Fans of realistic YA fiction will probably love this novel though!

WWW Wednesdays #52 – August 12th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. This week I’m trying out a slightly different format! 😀

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on a whim yesterday because I wasn’t happy with my other current reads. So far I’m definitely enjoying it better than the rest of the titles… It’s actually the second time I’ve started The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and somehow I cannot seem to get a proper feel for the story. It’s not that I don’t like it, so maybe I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I’ve also started The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I’m not sure what to think of the prose, but the plot is interesting so far. And as far as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt goes… No progress at all this week. I really have to stop starting new books and read at least a few chapters! Currently I’ve only read about a third and I really want to finish it this month.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

recentreadsaugust12th2015 I managed to read no less than 6! books since my last WWW post. I guess the fact that it has been raining for about every day means I have been having a lot of free time to read…
I first finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a ‘heavy’ read with a very original dialogue between the main character and the girl on the tapes.
I then couldn’t resist any longer and read Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga. It’s the third book of the Jasper Dent series and I absolutely loved it! So many plot twists, awesome characters and brilliant prose! Barry Lyga is definitely one of my new favorite authors.
I started Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly on a whim afterwards, looking for a light read. I was mostly disappointed by it; boring characters, mediocre prose and a not so credible plot.
Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was a lot better, although I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it even better during the Holiday season. But since it was a book club read, I didn’t have much choice picking the date. 😉
I’ve also read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Finally! I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages… I enjoyed this read, especially the prose, but not as much as some others might have.
The last book I’ve managed to finish this week is You Are My Sunshine by Roberta Kagan. I wanted a proper historical fiction read after being disappointed by Masquerade a while back, but I wasn’t a fan of this novel either. Bland characters, a weak plot and the prose was not so great either. Such a shame, because I normally love WWII historical fiction!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have Rarity From The Hollow, an ARC sent by the author Robert Eggleton, next on the list to read as soon as I finish my current reads. I also want to try and read The Death Cure by James Dashner so I can finish one more series (although I have a copy of The Kill Order as well)… And I’m looking forward to start The Martian by Andy Weir soon since I’ve heard great things about it. And I REALLY should read The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow soon, because it was my TBR jar pick ages ago and I still haven’t picked it up…