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 new 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.
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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4 out of 5 stars
What do fishnet stockings and high heels feel like? Charlie knows from experience on stage and then returns to his ordinary family home. For him it’s all about growing up in high school. In Charlie’s mind he tries to decide either to live or run away from his life. What would you rather have: a simple boring life, or sex, drugs, and rockin’ roll? Throughout Chbosky’s book he tells the decisions plus the consequences of Charlie and as well as his peers and family. The Perks of Being a Wallflower will push the boundaries of any single-minded person and tear down the walls of preconception. If you are open to these concepts, this is a must-read book.
The main character sends letters to a friend and his words in the letters start to automatically make you feel close to him. The book starts with the death of Charlie’s friend Michael. He then begins to write to you as a friend in need saying, “I just need to know someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know these people exist.” In his first few lines you can tell he is already aware of the things that teens do in high school. Charlie sounds like the normal troubled teenager at a hard time in life. You can only assume that things can either get better or worse but not at what time it will change. Charlie’s life will make you laugh and cry. It will also make you realize that to judge something you must understand it whatever it, might be. One example could be why you and some of your friends would go to see the nightly showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show twenty or more times and even wear a gold painted Speedo with slippers. This book deals with many troubling life-stiles and factors.
These factors keep you on edge and then relax you back into your seat. There are questions that you will ask over and over again like, will he be ok? How will he act after dropping acid? Can he help them go on with the show? How many times will he talk about sex? It will keep you reading on and on because you just can’t get enough of this amazing story.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower will pick you up when you are down and give you a sense of humor when you need it in life. It tells you that you’re not the only one with problems and there is such a thing as a smart pot head that can talk like a college professor. You can learn that not all things will lead to unwanted consequences and to live on the optimistic side of life. We have a variety of opinions when it comes to others and what they do, but in the end all we can look at is ourselves. This is why you should read this book. Here I leave you with my final words on why: to understand, feel, and experience it all with Charlie and his friends and live on the different but amazing side of life.
Standing on the fringes
4 out of
What do fishnet stockings and high heels feel like?
offers a unique perspective. But there comes a timeto see what it looks likefrom the dance floor. This haunting novel aboutthe dilemma of passivity vs. passion marksthe stunning debutof a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction:The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thisis the storyof what it's liketo grow upin high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singularand unique, hilariousand devastating. We may notknow wherehe lives. We may not know to whom heis writing. All we know isthe world he shares. Caught between trying to live hislife and tryingto run fromit puts himon a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first datesand mixed tapes, family dramasand new friends.The worldof sex, drugs,and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when allone requiresis that perfect song onthat perfect driveto feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has createda deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirityou backto those wildand poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
Shelfari edited the description of The Perks of Being a Wallflower Friday, July 31, 2009.