Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky 
Age range: 15 & up
Content: Moderate relationship content, moderate sexual content, mild violence, moderate-to-high cursing (depending on what you classify as a "curse")
Genre: Teen Fiction / Teen Tough Stuff
Publisher: MTV Books 
Where to get it: Barnes & Noble or Amazon or Target 

Summary: Teetering between wanting to live his life or just watch it happen, Charlie is thrown into a world of sex, drugs, first loves, and The Rocky Horror Picture show commonly known as high school; all while dealing with the suicide of his friend and the loss of his favorite aunt. Charlie gets out his thoughts by writing letters anonymously to an anonymous person. Much more intimate than a diary or a journal, Charlie's letters take you on the ups and downs of the psychotic roller-coaster also known as growing up.

Opinions: Hey there. Guess what? I'm fourteen! Ahhh. My birthday was last week. I had planned on doing a "birthday" post like I did like the first year I started my blog. (I don't remember if I did it last year.) But I decided not to because 1) I didn't have a book to review and 2) I decided to spend my birthday writing. I've been writing a lot lately because I have an actual deadline which is only in two months. I really don't think I'm going to make it. But I am going to try. PERSEVERE.

Anyway, this book is a very "talked about" and publicized book. It's a movie with the beautiful Emma Watson playing Sam and Logan Lerman playing Charlie. So, of course, everybody knows about it. And I hate to say that the book is probably not one of my favorites. No doubt, it's a fantastic book and I enjoyed reading it. I just think I've read better books.

I'm thinking everyone likes this book because they can relate to it. I kind of, sort of, related to Charlie because we're both freshman and like books and writing. But that's about it. I couldn't relate to Charlie as much because he's really really emotional about, like, everything. So I just couldn't understand him certain points of the book. Also, the narrative makes it sound like he's eight-years-old and not sixteen. I understand he's "traumatized" but, really, make him sound his age.

Since I don't want to "bash" this book and it really is a nice read, I'm going to say some good stuff. First, because of the way it's written, it's an easy read. I like the short choppy sentences and the format which is obviously letters. I also got a lot of quotes out of this book. The one I remember most is "And life doesn't stop for anyone." I don't why he said or if it was near the end or the beginning. The quote just stuck to me. Most people stick to "We accept the love we think we deserve." It's a nice quote, but I don't know. It's just not for me. Another reason I like the book is the humor. It's so funny.

Okay, my food is here. So I'm going to leave you! Oh and I haven't seen the movie yet. It came out in like September, so I have to wait for the DVD or go to the dollar theater. I think I'll just wait for the DVD because dollar theaters smell like urine. No joke. Okayyy. Bye, lovelies.

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