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First of all, here’s an intro to the book from trusty old Goodreads:
“This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course 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 the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.”
My first encounter with this story was actually when I watched the 2012 movie directed by Stephen Chbosky himself. The cast was great with Emma Watson as Sam, Logan Lerman as Charlie and Ezra Miller as Patrick. I felt like they were excellent choices for such complex characters.
Now, after many years, I got my hands on the novel, and it definitely didn’t let me down.
So without further ado, let’s get straight into it…
- I loved the epistolary form of the novel (written in the form of letters), which allowed me to intimately connect with the protagonist, Charlie, since his letters are addressed to the reader
- there are many comical and cute moments that accent the novel beautifully amongst the heavier and emotional content, providing a pretty balanced narrative overall
- I admire the manner in which Stephen Chbosky tackles difficult topics (I don’t want to spoil anything so we’ll leave it as vague as that!) with such grace and openness
- there are a few moments where Chbosky leaves out the specific details of certain events, allowing space for the reader’s own interpretation – honestly, this is not really that bad to most people, but I personally prefer to know the explicit circumstances of situations
All in all, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a candid and timeless read since the ‘coming-of-age’ theme is obviously so relatable to many! Although I do take a personal issue with the omitted details of particular events, I thoroughly enjoyed the style of Stephen Chbosky’s writing, especially his characterisation, creating intriguing and lovable personalities.
OVERALL RATING: ★★★★
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my review and will try to get your hands on a copy asap – it’s really worth the read!
Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Did you love it or were you not a fan at all?
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