I remember hearing about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower way back (I don’t remember exactly when) and when I read the book’s synopsis, it didn’t really seemed that special to me. But I couldn’t deny the fact that it still interest me mostly because many people loves this book. And last year, the news about it being adapted into a movie went on and that Logan Lerman and Emma Watson is going to be in it (not to mention Nina Dobrev and Ezra Miller, too) I became ecstatic when I found out. What can I say, I love Emma and Logan. (Who doesn’t, anyway?)
Anyway, back to the book, here’s a synopsis of the story. And you should know, this ‘synopsis’ does not give justice to what this book truly is about:
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
‘I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day… or wondering who did the heart breaking and why.’
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 years 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 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. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline 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 borrowed my friend’s copy of this book (along with other books) when I found out he’s finally got one. I just realized, right this very second I’m typing these words, that I actually borrowed this book from him almost a year ago and I only read it last month! Well, I had a bad reading slump towards the end of last year and earlier this year, I was on hiatus.
I know the book’s theme wasn’t really special (high school, drugs and sex) and you can find it almost in any contemporary books recently. And while I find myself fond of Patrick, I can’t deny that Charlie earned a space into my heart. Charlie, the way he perceive things, big and small moments in his life and how he expressed himself just simply mesmerized me. The whole book felt special to me, probably because it made me get out of my reading slump but for the most part, it made me feel more alive and inspired in a whole new way.
I just love everything about this book. I enjoyed every page when I was reading it; it was funny, honest and it just speaks to you and makes you muse for a moment or two. I’ll never get tired reading this book over and over again. Thank God, I borrowed my friend’s copy otherwise, I wouldn’t have known what I’ve been missing!
I’m rating this 5 out of 5 stars for the reasons I’ve mentioned above and for some reasons that I can’t express because I couldn’t exactly find the right words to say.