The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. 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 mixed 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 Charlie 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.
I picked this book up while browsing in Waterstones and remembering hearing that it had been a brilliant film, so decided I must read it.
The Perks of being a Wallflower is told from the perspective of a fifteen year old boy. The chapters are letters he is writing to someone he calls “Dear friend” and who he is remaining anonymous to.
When I finished this book, all I could tweet was the fact that I had finished it. I had no words for what I’d read. As I write this, I’m still not sure what is going to end up coming out on this currently blank screen, the book is that affective. I have no idea how they portrayed the book on the screen, but it was absolutely flawlessly written. And I mean flawlessly. Chbosky must have slaved over every single, utter, word for hours to make it seem so natural and so – deep at the same time.
I don’t know what genre this book falls into, whether it is supposed to be YA, but it covers some pretty heavy topics. Again, Chbosky, does them with the naivety of a juvenile and doesn’t labour them, they just simply, are.
I have no idea if I enjoyed this book or not, but what I will say about it is that the author who wrote it is brilliant. It’s not a book to be skimmed through. It is a book to be read.