The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This 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 and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, andThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
Megan: AHHH I don't even know where to start with this book. It completely blew my mind! I just....Rachel please find a coherent way to start this conversation.
Rachel: I discovered this book about a year ago and completely fell in love with it. It's one of my favorite books ever because it is absolutely amazing.
Megan: It so is! You've been telling me to read this book forever and I'm so glad I finally did! Charlie's letters did take some getting used to, but I loved the format by the end of the book.
Rachel: It's definitely a bit of a weird book when you first start reading it. You go into this book all "what am I even reading right now?!" but then, at some point it just clicks and everything starts making sense and you're like THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. At least, that was my experience reading it.
Megan: Mine too! I loved Charlie. So much. He cares so much about everyone around him and really just wants everything to work out for everyone. He's also a little bit naive, but the way Charlie sees all of the people and places around him is just so different. I love him, and I kind of want him to be my best friend.
Rachel: I agree. Charlie is a great main character. He reminds me a lot of Holden Caufield (who I love). Also, Sam and Patrick? Why can't they be my friends in real life? Because they are the best.
Megan: They seriously are! They're pretty awesome friends. And can I just say I LOVE all of the quotes from this book?
Rachel: Oh yeah. The writing is kind of beautiful. I originally borrowed this book from the library, but I just bought my own copy and I will totally be dog-earing it and attacking it with a highlighter. I know that everyone who's read this book or seen the movie trailer knows the "infinite" quote, which is beautiful and amazing. But there are a ton of other wonderful quotes too.
Megan: There really are so many! I really need to buy my own copy so I can attack it too! And while I know we're talking about the awesome of this book, I think it's only fair to mention how FREAKING EXCITED I am for the movie to come out. Because really.
Rachel: Dude, the movie looks like it's going to be PHENOMENAL. I'm so psyched to see it in theaters! OPENING NIGHT, BABY! From what the trailer has showed us, the cast is amazing and perfect. (Although I can't get past the fact that it's Percy Jackson and Hermione Granger. Hahaha, whatever. I ship it! :D) Also the fact that Steven Chbosky freaking DIRECTED it makes me ridiculously happy. If the author himself is in charge of this movie, how can it not be awesome?
Megan: I KNOW RIGHT!! I don't see how the movie can be anything but close to the book and completely amazing! And there is no way we aren't going at midnight. I can't even handle how awesome this book is and how much I love it. Imagine the excitement sickness* you're going to get!!
Rachel: (*Hahaha way to totally put an inside joke in that no one will understand.) Anywho. We absolutely loved this book and so we are SUPERCRAZYEXCITED about the movie adaptation. If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend that you do. It's one of those books that I think all teenagers should read at some point in their lives.
If you've read this, let us know your thoughts in the comments. Are you as excited for the movie as we are?