“There are certain books that just fly by. You get caught up in their words, in their story, in their simplicity. You can relate to the reality, you can feel the pain, the happiness, the confusion. Everything about Chbosky's Perks of Being a Wallflower screamed existentialism to me, maybe to you too.
In a less traditional form of writing, but still chronological, Chbosky creates the life of Charlie, a young boy who knows nothing about himself except that he is both happy and sad and very, very lost. In Charlie's letters, we learn of his past, present, and hopeful future, we meet his family, friends, and ghosts, and we share his musings. We cringe here and there at his overuse and inappropriate placement of the word "incidentally." But most of all, we're prompted to think and feel and maybe, if you're like me, have one of those moments where your stomach feels slightly uncomfortable, slightly anxious and unsettled, forcing you to ponder your own life, your own memories, and your own wishes.
"There's nothing like the deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons."”