Guest Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Release Date: February 1, 1999
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Age Group: High School
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.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
When one of my best blogger friends, Jennifer, stopped blogging, I offered her the option to contribute to my blog every once in a while when she has something to say. I like to joke that we're virtual friends because we're both avid readers, reviewers, twins, and dancers. Anyways, she is absolutely awesome and her reviews are extremely well written, so I hope you guys enjoy. This is her first review out of what I think will end up being many. I curse the fact that we live in different states.Recently, Jennifer read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which has been read and loved by so many people. I've heard it's powerful, thoughtful, and extremely well written. I haven't read it, but after reading Jen's review, I may just have to! She never leads me wrong when it comes to books.I hope y'all enjoy her review. Comment with your thoughts!Jen's Review:"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."The Perks of Being a Wallflower is really something special.I'm not kidding. Everyone should read this book. It's hearfelt, tense, and beautiful. Chbosky's writing is so unique and different, yet simple at the same time. I couldn't help but fall in love with it instantly. My friend first recommended this book to me in the fall last year. I had heard of it before, but I was never really interested in it, mostly because it was written in 1999 and I'm not the biggest fan of "old books". But she kept bugging me about it and I finally gave in. And man am I GLAD I did.The Perks of Being a Wallflower is all about a boy named Charlie, and he tells the reader his life and problems as a freshman in highschool, through letters. But Charlie's life isn't like the life of a typical freshman. It's filled with LOTS of drama. Lots. Drugs, sex, family issues, friend issues, and more. There isn't exactly a "plot" (beginning, climax, solution, etc.), but I still found it intriguing to read about.I loved all of the characters in the book. There weren't too many characters, just enough to complete the story. The development for each character was done nicely, and I liked Charlie's connection with each one. I loved Sam & Patrick especially; I would love to meet them in real life. They would be good people to be around.I'm usually not used to the content that this book went over; it was very explicit. But I think it's important because after reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I am now exposed to this world of highschool. I know that my highschool life definitely isn't as exaggerated as Charlie's, but it's good to know that some people have to go through a difficult life. At school, and at home. Therefore, I think everyone should read it. Even if you're out of highschool. I learned a lot of things out of this book, actually.Overall, I really, truly, recommend this book to ANYONE and EVERYONE. (Did I mention that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is going to be made into a movie with EMMA WATSON? Just another reason to read this book). It seriously will change you, and your perspective of life. It certainly did for me.