Original title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Edition Language: English
Charlie is a freshman.
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 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 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.
The popularity of this book baffles me. Not that it is a bad one, it is just an ordinary one.
I don't really know how to feel about this book. I liked the writing and the way the story unfolded through letters. But the characters drove me nuts a lot of the time.
It was an easy read, while simultaneously tackling pretty much every difficult subject at once. Chbosky wrote a book with so many serious issues like drugs, death, homosexual adventures, suicide, rape, relationship violence, abortion, child molestation/incest, parties, fights, without really dealing with any one of them in depth. Each one of these issues needs to be taken seriously, not pointed out on one page, just to be forgotten on the next.
My main issue was Charlie.
And thought I flew through the book, it did not stir any emotion in me and most probably I will forget about the plot and characters quite soon. The only thing that spoke to me was the friendships and the family dynamics.