one of the most endearing main characters. Writen from the standpoint of a freshman in high school, but he asks questions that we all ponder. He has a honesty about him that we all could learn from.
Charlie is an extremely sweet and loveable character. He is narrated expertly and with tenderness by Noah Galvin. It feels at times less mature and at others much more insightful than other coming of age books. It is extremely intimate and spoke to me, having entered high school in the mid 90s myself. There is nothing deeper here. No subtext. No analysis needed. Just a sweet story. Read this and then rent the movie.
Many years ago I did just what I've always been advised against. I judged a book by its cover. It was this book. The 11th printing. The pages were soft and made a great wispy sound when turned. I sat in a now abandoned Borders, Books, and Music, sipped my coffee once, and the next thing I new I was three quarters of the way through this book. My iced coffee had separated into melted layers by now and a different array of people were around me in the cafe than when I started reading. I then purchased this book and went home to immediately finish it. It's one of those books that puts your life in perspective. I then purchased (over time) several dozen copies of this book and distributed them to friends and acquaintances and anyone really who told me they liked to read. I even met the author a few times before he moved to California. It never surprised me that he gained a cult following and I was so happy he was finally able to make it into a film. The book touched my life and helped me through difficult times as I went through life. If you've ever felt like you're alone, or not quite like everyone else I highly encourage you to read or listen to this book. I honestly cannot recommend it enough. I only wish that there were more letters and more insight. That I could follow Charlie through his life to make sure he still feels infinite now and again.
I have always found it hard to sit down and read a book, because I have a very small form of dyslexia. So, instead of reading I listen! :)
I LOVED IT!
Its really similar to a lot of John Green's books...
No, I havent listened to Noah Galvin's other performances but I would like to! He really captured every ones' expressions with his voice
Listening to this book was a breeze, and actually quite soothing. Yes, it talks about this kid that has a bunch of issues, but the book brings you to realization that not everyone has problems and even though their problems may not be as big as yours they are to them. and loving someone can be a good and bad thing at the every same time! and that is great too!
It gives an interesting perspective on the world and makes you feel happy and sad, I laughed a lot while listening to this book. but I also teared up sometimes!
Everyone will probably get a different perspective of this book, so here is mine! I LOVED IT!
B.T.W. (By The Way) there is a movie! and it's also great!
“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.