The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower written by Stephen Chbosky.
A book review following my personal opinions.

Submitted: November 29, 2013

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"we accept the love we think we deserve."

-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Questions

1. Title, author, copyright date, genre?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky. Published on February 1st, 1999. The main genre's are fiction and young adult literature.

2. What did you think of the main character?

Personally I thought Charlie was a very honest, caring guy. He would always voice his opinions whenever he needed to, but always kept his personal thoughts to himself. All he wants is to see everyone that he loves around him to be happy, but he doesn't notice that he needs to be happy himself. Throughtout the book, Charlie is seen to grow. From knowing how to not live, to wanting to live every second. Before he seemed confused about the world he saw in front of him, but later on he can see it's just how it is. 

3. Were there any other especially interesting characters?

I thought about this for awhile, which only took a few seconds. I think fast like that. Anyway, I think the most interesting character were the others who called themselves wallflowers. They had open arms for Charlie because he was one, but they thought they were too. They all understood the concept on what it was like to be a wallflower, but they never really were. Charlie can see the world for what it really was, even if he didn't know it. The others thought they knew, but they only voiced their own opinions. If they were really wallflowers, wouldn't they have noticed Charlie?

4. From whose point of view is the story told?

The "friends", point of view. It may seem that were reading from Charlie's point of view, but really were just observing. First it was kind of confusing, but we are reading letters that he wrote to this anonymous person. So really it's that persons point of view from reading the letters. I may be confusing you, but it confused me too. Until it clicked, but this is still my own opinion.

5. Would you recommend this book? What would you rate it?

I would recommend this book to many people, that are age appropriate. It does have some things not for younger readers, but to friends I would. This would show them not to look at the world so vague, but see it for as it is, and still live every second of it. I would rate this book 4/5. Mostly because I thought there would be more wallflowers. There was only Charlie. I would have also liked to see an ending where he would graduate. That'd be nice to read, on what he experienced when it was his turn to move on.

Summary

When I first heard about this book, I had seen the movie before I read it. I thought this was just a scripted film written by hollywood writers, but once I heard it was a novel I had to read it. The book was nothing like the movie. The film did cover main points from the book, but reading it was much better. In the book, I saw Charlie more as the teenager her was portrayed as. The beginning was kind of confusing for me, but once I got the feel of it I soaked it all in. Personally I can understand what Charlie is going through, but not completely. I can see that he is still confused about the people that surround him, but he later understands not to worry so much, and that he should just live. Being able to see all the other characters more thouroughly was great too. I saw that Bob was actually pretty sophisticated for his age, even if he did smoke a lot of pot. Sam was very thoughtful as she was played in the movie. Patrick was way more awesome in the book. One trouble I had was imagining the characters in the book, without seeing Emma Watson or Ezra Miller. So I decided that they were already drawn out, so why not have Emma and Ezra throughout the book. The idea to having them written as fictional letters were very interesting too. I have read biographies of letters written by real people, these letters seemed just as real. What I thought about the author when he wrote this, well I had trouble thinking about that. The whole time I kept thinking Charlie is real. Right now he could even have children, or be writing for the Wall Street Journal in New York. Who knows though, in the end it's for the reader to decide. 

This is a personal book review to the book portrayed. I do not own any writes to anything that is realted to the book shown. All rightS go to the rightful author. No credit for myself intended. This is just a personal thought to the book I have read.


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