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Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, YA, 2012, Hardcover, 224p, Rating=5
Source: library

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.

It was the ending-ish that catapulted this to a 5 star book for me because it capped the coming of age tale well. The story telling along the way had been intriguing. There was something to the letter-journal style writing that made the story come alive. Charlie’s personal account of his story was so vivid that I felt as if I was a fly in the wall that was able to quietly travel and witness his journey. The characters were a seemingly odd bunch but quite honest and relatable.

The read involved very raw language and sensitive social issues that would have a parent thinking twice about having their teenager reading this book so it’s a parental call. I would only recommend it to a mature reader.

I took a great liking to this book because I'm a sucker for stories about the shy and awkward finding wonderful friends and support system ..and in this case the added bonus of finding a fit and purpose.

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