This book has being on my ‘To be read’ list for quite a while -mostly because of the favourable ratings it has being getting, particularly from young adults. So, it came as a surprise that I didn’t really like the book.
More often than not, I like to connect with the characters of the books I read. I suppose The perks of being a wallflower is enough proof that i can’t always succeed.
For one thing, the book focuses on Charlie’s one-sided letter to a guy we never really got to know. In the letters, he wrote overwhelming outburst of words as regards his life, and the people in it. To tell you the truth, the entirety of the book concentrated on Charlie’s liking for books, his ability to overthink pretty much everything and then there’s the fact that he had a deeply disconcerting habit of either being on the verge of tears or simply crying, and at every chance he got.
“And then I started crying because it suddenly hit me that they were leaving” -Charlie.
And i’m like:
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(It was like talking to a teenage boy, but one with the emotional development of a 7 year old. Honestly!)
That being said, the book wasn’t a complete and utter disaster. There were parts when Chbosky deeply potrayed how it felt like, coming-of-age, or standing on the verge of life, or just trying to deal with a whole lot of personal feelings.
So, even though i didn’t exactly like the tone Charlie’s letters were expressed, I would totally recommend this book! The story emphasizes the importance of being in the present and doing things and really being there. It made me look at life in a meaningfully different perspective. It made me think and that is extremely important in a book, if you ask me.
“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they are not, they will be soon enough.”
“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity.”
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