Author: Stephen Chbosky
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 year 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 sidelines 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 loved this book!
The diary format that it has been written, made me feel that Charlie was telling me the story of his life. This was an interesting way to form an instant connection. I generally tend to like the books that have this kind of format, like Daddy long legs or The Diary of Anne Frank.
Charlie is an introvert. He over thinks. There are a million things going on in his head, and one comes out of his mouth. I could relate to his personality for most part. Although this book was written long back, it is still relevant. Especially for those who have lived away from home in their high school/ under grad college years. The sudden shift in the people is a change that takes a lot of people by surprise. It is like a completely different world. In the protected environment of the home, one is quite unaware of the harsh realities of the “real life”.
I know how shocked I was to see people around me smoking and drinking when I first joined the undergraduate course. I could not believe my eyes when I saw my classmates smoking quite openly, in school only the “bad” students did “all that stuff” and that too taking many precautions so as to not get caught. This book took me back to that time.
Much like Charlie, I also realised that not all people who I believe are “too much” or who live a different life style than me are “bad”. The only difference was I just went to these parties, and didn’t participate.
Another thing that stuck me particularly was how beautifully the effect of music has been portrayed in this book. Some music brings back memories of the events or people.
This book has one of my all time favourite quotes:
We accept the Love we think we deserve.
SO. DARN. TRUTH.
The ending was quite shocking, and totally unexpected. It was like I am reading this thing, and all of a sudden this book is about something totally different.
I believe this book would have been even better had I read it when I was a teen. But, better late than never!
I was gifted this book by a friend on my birthday from http://www.bestoninternet.com/, the site where you would get my lists for many different genres of books!
A movie was made based on this book, it was one of the better book to movie adaptations. The movie was quite faithful to the book.
Also, EMMA WATSON!!! ❤
Here is the movie trailer for this movie adaptation: