My copy of the book “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky finally arrived two days ago! I’ve been anticipating this one for a while. The book was first published February 1st, 1999 by MTV Books and is apparently somewhat of a classic in the US with more than half a million copies sold, but it wasn’t until recently that I heard about it.
So, here are my thoughts on it.
Wow, what an awesome book! I loved every single page of it and even though it was a quick read (just over 200 pages) it was as if I was in a different world while it lasted… I know that must sound corny, but I really mean it. The kind of feeling any good book will give you. I’m not much of a reader actually, but this was a book that I couldn’t put down.
So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
Perks is written in letter form, meaning that the entire book consists of letters written by Charlie, our main character, to an unknown person. As the book begins Charlie is about to start in high school the next day and this is something he’s worried about. A lot. His friend recently committed suicide, which only make matters worse for the already “emotional” Charlie, as he describes himself. Truth be told he has a very hard time participating in life, instead he just thinks too much about everything.
Via these letters that he write he talks about his everyday life and his ups and downs going through high school life and his experiences with friends, love, sex, drugs and other teenage stuff.
I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.
I highly recommend this if you haven’t already read it.