February 18, 2012

Review | The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title | The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author | Stephen Chbosky 
Publication Date | Jan. 1, 2009 by Pocket Books (first published Feb. 1, 1999)
Publisher | Pocket Books
ISBN | 9781847394071
Format | Paperback
Source | Bought, Owned
Purchase Online | Amazon; BookDepository

Summary via Goodreads
It 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, family dramas, and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to fell infinite.

When I was new from where I was working. A majority of customers usually ask this certain title. However, the book is always SOLDout! So I was intrigued and wonders what is it with this book? Finally, after waiting a couple of months for a new fresh batch of books to arrive. The Perks of Being a Wallflower came in. I didn't hesitate to buy a copy. So there you have it. Here is what I thing about the book and I'll make it short.


The delivery of the story is quite unique. It is a series of letters from Charlie to an anonymous receiver [Which is probably us]. Anyway, it wasn't actually written perfectly. The authors intends to make it as if Charlie is actually writing the letter--making it more realistic. It is not a typical and most common experience of a High School student and a teenager. Surprisingly, it isn't what I expected to be.

Curiosity is a dangerous act ever and this book has it all. A life of loss, sex, drugs, friendship, love, regret, pain, sorrow, tragedy and some other things unknown to experience from a one person is impossible. You can have some but not all of it. The book for me is kind of scary and un-"inspirational". Some parts are nice from doing good at school and such but the whole highlight of the story is--I'm sorry to say-- SAD. Depression was always there and it concerns me for our young readers. The book has holes especially at the ending part. It didn't settle anything though it sends a message of "trying to move on", I think it could do better than that.

It is not a typical story for us to be inspired in life. No. Not really. I am sorry to share this with you but I am not a fan of this novel. Younger readers is not advised to read this book.



daydreamerbookworm said...

Oh my gosh, after reading your review, I am wanting tor read this novel!

Maricar Gomez said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this info.. I am excited to read that.

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