“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a poignant story about an ordinary boy who is just trying to find where he fits in the universe, and it is brilliant.
I have seen this book in book stores and glanced over it. I have seen the previews for the movie several times without giving it much thought. I honestly did not realize that I was overlooking one of the most well-written and amazing books of our time. I have been in a bit of a book rut. I have picked up the same book about 500 times and was about to my breaking point when I went out on a limb and picked this book up. And I am so thankful that I did. I have read many young adult books in which the author attempted to write a realistic story about adolescence, but never have they even come close. This book however, was on point. This book does include drug use, sex, profanity and other adult situations. That being said, this book may not be appropriate for all audiences.
From the very first page I fell in love with Charlie. He is a bit strange for a boy his age I will admit, but that honestly made me love him that much more. He is thoughtful, observant, poignant, and a bit lost in his own head. I feel comfortable in saying that all of us have or will find ourselves in the state of mind when we are trying to find our place in the world, simply trying to understand who we are. This book captures that very state of being in a way which I have yet to see. Charlie is remarkably easy to relate to and to like, love even. He has this naiveté and innocence that is curious and endearing, but most of all is he is genuine. Charlie could easily be the boy next door, the boy who sat behind you on the school bus, the boy whose name you never knew in school. Yet, he matters, he is significant and only by reading this novel can you truly understand why or how.
The writing style in this book is unique and lovely. There are times when I laughed, times when I felt embarrassed, sad and moments of absolute clarity. The writing is easy to read and flows well; however, the story itself is full of issues that are anything but easy. This isn’t the next Hunger Games, or Harry Potter. It isn’t action-packed and full of vampires or zombies. It has a subtle way of drawing you in and eases you into powerful and unforeseen ending.
The ending of the book left me breathless. I couldn’t place where it was heading, but when I reached the ending it was most certainly not what I had expected.
I give this book 5 stars!
Loved it, perfect companion to the movie. Rarely do you have the book author also direct and write the movie and this allowed the story to do well in all mediums. I do have to say some of the details were explained better in the book.
Say something about yourself!
No to the author, yes to the narrator
He didn't do anything wrong, I just did not connect with the story. He is a good writer and does a great job at making it sound like it was actually written by a 9th grade adolescent without giving that "forced" feeling that so many books have, and the narrator's voice captured that even more. I was just bored by the overall story.
Well, considering it already is a movie...
I may have enjoyed this more had I picked it up a few years ago. Unfortunately, so many books have been released that kind of have the same themes, that I feel like this market is saturated and I'm just bored with it all.
This book is amazing with a plot twist I could not have imagined...as good as the book was on it's own merit, it was made a hundred times better by the narrator. He was perfect and made this book really come to life. I give it 5 stars all around!!
This story did not only meet my expectations but zoomed right past them. I honestly don't think there could have been a better book for me to listen to and read(I decided to read it for myself as well) the minute I heard the first sentence I instantly fell in love with the book, the performance might I add was indeed perfect and untouchable on the scale of amazingness (made up word) it really could have lead me to believe that Charlie was reading the story of I didn't know any better. Such a great book experience that couldn't have been fulfilled without the performance. It inspired me to write a book myself called "rejects" I'm still working on it though.
Best of wishes,
#1fan of this book
Noah Galvin puts true character to the voice of Charlie. His slight variations differentiate characters seamlessly and comfortably. The book is wonderful and heightened by this performance.
The sentences of this story :
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.
Sam answered the phone. And it was so nice to hear her voice.