Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - 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 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 or first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the worlds 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."

I never usually like books that are written in a letter/diary format but i had been recommended to read it so I did.

Charlie is and outsider, he gets bullied and would avoid the school bus to walk 40 minutes to his home instead.
In a series of letters from Charlie to an unknown person we learn of his new friends, his family and himself.There is on more than one occasion a time where he mentions his English teacher, Bill, who gives him extra books for him to write essays on as he wishes to be a writer one day.

Charlie is a mystery for another day, right before he started high school his best friend had shot himself. At school he meets Sam and Patrick, both are outsiders too,cooler ones. Patrick is gay, and before his step sister Sam introduced himself to "good" music, he was a popular kid. Sam and Patrick introduce Charlie to parties, drugs and rock music and for the first time he knows what it feels like to have real friends.

What makes this book so special is that its reality bound, if an adult was to read it, it takes them back to being a teenager/child, and if a child was to read it, it shows what lies ahead and what could inspire them as a teenager. By now we should all know there is no other time to discover who you are and where you belong like when you are a teenager.

Self discovery may deem daunting, but if we never know who we truly are we can not be the best we can be.

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