The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an
epistolary novel written by American
novelist Stephen Chbosky. It was published on February 1, 1999 by MTV . The story is narrated by a teenager who goes by the alias of “Charlie”; he describes various scenes in his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person, whom he does not know personally.
The story explores topics such as introversion and the awkward times of adolescence. The book also touches briefly on drug use and Charlie’s experiences with this. As the story progresses, various works of literature and film are referenced and their meanings discussed.
The story takes place in a suburb of Pittsburgh during the early 1990s, when Charlie is a high school freshman. Charlie is the eponymous wallflower of the novel. He is an unconventional thinker, and as the story begins he is shy and unpopular.
The book was third on the American Library Association’s list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009, for reasons including the book’s treatment of drugs, homosexuality, sex, and suicide.
* Why did i read the book?
~ To compare it with the upcoming movie, my life, and see how Charlie ‘participates’.
* What are the things that i learn from his story?
~ Life is so complicated depending on how we approach it. Like the description for this book, this is a story about coming of age. Very much for the youth. Experiments. Problems. Failures. Success. Emotions. Friends. Family. They are all parts of life.
Charlie likes Sam so much. He even loves her, but some things just can’t go the way we want it to be. Well, at least they are friends (and he gets to kiss her!)
Our Friends will always be there for us. Patrick, Sam, Mary Elizabeth, Bill.. They are so special on how Charlie developed. Well, not all friends will stay. Some also changed when the one thing that connects you with this person is gone (e.g. When his friend, Michael, died.)
Our Families will be forever stay with us. Charlie’s father, mother, brother & sister supported him. Being with our family compares to nothing. Value them. Our home is where our heart is.
* Book Rating:
i rated it 3 out of 5 stars in Goodreads
Too many negative feedbacks, huh? well, i’m done reading the book. Since it has been in a diary format, of course the writer (Charlie) would just write whatever he has in mind. i do write in a journal, too. And when i try to read back my entries, i sometimes feel like i lack something when i wrote those memories. So, maybe that’s how it goes too with Charlie.
just some story about growing up, falling in love & ‘participating’.