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review 2019-01-19 19:17
About growing up....
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is 15 yr old and is having a hard time in school because he has some emotional problems that led him to be hospitalized when he was young. 

 

His best friend Patrick and Sam are older than him studying in the same school. 

 

The book is being narrated as a series of letters written to a friend. Charlie poured himself into these letters. 

 

He also has a teacher Bill who gave him the best books to read. 

 

This is not a typical growing up story.

 

It is sad and dark as the story continue to reveal about Charlie and why he act the way he is. He is naive and confused and sweet. 

 

I love this book so much. 

 

It deal with the issue of domestic abuse, alcohol, drug, being gay, being different, being special or not special enough. 

 

It is also about family and support and how Charlie didn't try to hide but just lack the capacity to articulate his state of mind and works them into normal everything empty conversation between non best friends. 

 

The writer is really skilled packing so much into a little book without letting it being weighted down by the heaviness of the subject matter. 

 

A really good read and should be read by both teenagers and adults. If only we could be all learned a little from Charlie on how he confronted his own thoughts and feelings. 

 

5 stars read. A book that worth a re-read. 

 

 

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text 2019-01-14 08:04
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 232 pages.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Turned out this is more than a growing up story. It is about how hard it is to make sense of the world when no one has the answer. 

 

It is really good read. One of the younger person, an intern told me that she is reading the same book. 

 

That she gets it. One of the memorable moment of the book is reading this poem. 

 

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text 2019-01-10 01:42
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 232 pages.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Doing a buddy read with a real life friend. 

 

Comment so far: Why it takes me so long to pick this up! 

 

The story starts off with a lot of anonymous letters from a 15 years old boy who has very little experience in real life, or hardship. This boy is sweet and nice and funny. 

 

This book is so suitable for young reader when they try to discover how everything works, including their own bodies, and a bit too afraid to ask an adult. 

 

Like it a lot. 

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review 2018-11-22 17:52
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not really immensely interested into the young-adult genre of books, but for some reason this book's beautiful movie cover has caught my attention and has convinced me to give it a chance for a honest review. Got to say that I was pleasantly surprised by its story and that I have learned quite a lot from it, and that I don't regret giving it four or five hours of my precious time, for the story within it has brough smile to my face and brightened up some of my darkest days, so it shouldn't be surprising at all, that I recommend this book to every single one of you who wish to spend precious time on something that's brilliantly written and has an immense potential to brighten up your darkest days. 

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review 2018-09-19 05:11
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

It's been such a difficult time this year when it comes to reading. So many things have gotten in the way of what I had planned but that's okay. I'm still reading and I'm reading good books on top of that! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is no exception! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it was a difficult one to read. There are some heavy themes throughout the book, which I will get to in a bit, that really destroys the reader. However difficult it was, I really do think that this book is important to read.

 

The story follows "Charlie" and his experiences as he enters high school. We don't know if that's his true name, we don't know who anyone in the story really is. We are just there to listen and experience his life with him. And as simple as this story is, the themes themselves are not. There's drug abuse, child abuse, rape, homophobia, and violence. If these themes are not something you're comfortable reading, then you might want to skip this one. Otherwise, I do think it's worth reading.

 

The writing is very basic and compliments Charlie as a character. His way of thinking is simple, blunt, to the point. He also starts off with his thoughts very scattered and as the book progresses and he sorts out his thoughts, the writing, too, becomes smooth. I actually really like how Chbosky used that as a writing device. It was fantastic to read and I loved reading from Charlie's perspective. He's sweet but flawed and even when he became upset and his thoughts became scattered, he was still a delight to read from. 

 

The side characters were interesting as well. Patrick, a friend of Charlie's, is such a wonderful person. He's funny, sweet, charming, and one of my favorite people in the book. Sam, another friend of Charlie's, looks out for him and cares for him whilst working hard on trying to change her life for the better. I actually really like how the characters are all going through their own thing and are trying to make something of themselves. It was realistic and painful.

 

I really like this book. It's raw, painful, joyful. and beautiful. I do recommend you give this book a shot if you're interested in learning what these characters go through. It's quite a read.

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