AUTHOR: Stephen Chbosky
PUBLICATION: Published June 29th 2010 by MTV Books
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Contemporary
PAGES: 221pages (kindle edition)
2 ★★ 1/2
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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 year 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 of first dates and mix 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. But he can’t stay on the sidelines 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. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
I read it to figure out what all the hype was about.
I still don’t know.
Just a few reminders:
A. This probably includes spoilers.
B. Parents! Please read it first before handing it to your child. I don’t know who decided to call this ‘teen fiction’ but I’m sure they were drunk.
C. The only thing I liked about this book is the Epilogue. If you want to read the book, just read the Epilogue.
D. There’s a chance this won’t make sense at all because I’m just gonna blabber.
I’ll probably be hated by rating this 2 stars and be called harsh and heartless because I didn’t like as much as the 635271363748 people that read this.
Oh this book is about ~growing up~ they say. You will have the ~feels~ they say. People need to know that this book is dark. So dark and very overrated. This is probably the most overrated book ever, next Twilight. Please! This isn’t about a wallflower! This is about a teenager who cries a lot (like a lot! at the age of 15) and get amazed by mas**rbation (“wow!” said Charlie)
This book is for emos. For people who likes to dwell into their sadness and swim in their own tears because oh that girl doesn’t like me and i listen to mixtapes and i spent my free hours planning the ways to die. Depression isn’t a joke. I know that. And so is every issues that is included in this book like homosexuality, child molestation.. seriously, like all bad issues that you can think of, it’s probably here. See, the problem here is Chbosky managed to start every scenario with a bad issue that this bad bad world is aware of.. and then just leave it there. Like, WHAT? WHAT? You don’t get to say “oh this guy raped this girl and you know *shrugs* things happen”
WHERE IS THE CONCLUSION? Actually, is that even what the book is about? I don’t understand why mention that in the first place as if it has something to do with Charlie. When Charlie haerd that he just said “Oh.”
Oh wow, see that’s so ~powerful~
“And finally he found this really amazing song about this boy, and we all got quiet.
Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.
‘I feel infinite.’
And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great and because we all really paid attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way.”
So. That is supposed to be poignant?
Give me a break.
The real issue here is just this: Aunt Helen molested Charlie and Charlie is trying to forget it (unconsciously) but the memories all rushed back when Sam started touching him. This all went down right before the epilogue. It was really a powerful chapter and the Epilogue was ugggh, hearbreaking. Yes, I did got teary eyed. My heart broke. And I want to hug this kid Charlie so bad.
And then I just got mad because, THAT IS WHAT THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT. Why put us through that dull 80% of nonsense. Please! I could just read the epilogue and understand Charlie pretty well. This book just tries so hard to be deep and emotional so some (like me) will just get tired with it. I don’t even care what sob story you want to throw in next Chbosky, you’re not gonna get any tears from me.
P.S – I liked the movie a little.