I had wanted to read this book since it came out, back when I was in high school. I finally got the chance and it was worth the wait. The Perks of BeiI had wanted to read this book since it came out, back when I was in high school. I finally got the chance and it was worth the wait. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the most amazing and inspiring books that I've ever read. I can understand why it has amassed such a following.
Through the letters by Charlie, Chbosky is able to express the excitement and pain of being a teenager. This book doesn't gloss over tough issues like rape, abuse, and suicide. It actually deals with them in a way that so many other books don't. Actually, it is more respectful of them than even some therapists are.
I can honestly say that this book made me laugh and cry. It was so heart-breaking when a character would go through something painful, but it was also so wonderful because there was always a lesson learned from it. Chbosky gave insight and strength to the sufferers in a way that made them heroes, instead of just victims. And that was just beautiful.
I would definitely recommend this novel to young people and to adults. It is incredible and should be something that everyone tries to read at some point in his or her life. ...more
This is the perfect book for the Smartmouth Goddess in your life. It packs reality with humor and attitude in a way that might shame the pants off youThis is the perfect book for the Smartmouth Goddess in your life. It packs reality with humor and attitude in a way that might shame the pants off your grandmother. This is definitely not for those girls who are afraid to embrance their inner goddess. The first thing that attracted me to this book, though, was the title. It just seemed to reflect the inner me that doesn't get to escape much. The one who enjoys the sarcasm and acts so childish, even though I'm an adult.
One of the best parts is when the author decides to turn the tables on some needy guy she met on a plane. The guy got her number and called her a few times later that week, at about four or five in the morning. He would scream and whine into her answering machine about how much he needed her. Well, she decided to get him back by calling him at four in the morning and yelling into his answering machine. Honestly, it was as humorous as it was scary.
There are some adult innuendos in this book, but I doubt that anyone would honestly read this book to their three year olds as a bedtime story. So, just be warned that Ms. Gilman is not afraid to push any envelopes.
So, this is definitely the perfect book for the tiara-wearing smartmouth goddesses of the world....more
I was really hoping not to be disappointed by this book, especially after I really enjoyed The Killing Dance. It was quite good, but not as good as thI was really hoping not to be disappointed by this book, especially after I really enjoyed The Killing Dance. It was quite good, but not as good as that particular book. Burnt Offerings was great, though.
The Council coming to town added a little flair that the series hadn't really had before, though the added violence, especially the increase in the number of rapes and rape attempts, was a bit disconcerting. Other than the issue of the number of rapes, the biggest problem that I could find with the book was the overwhelming amount of subplots. I understand that there is a need for some subplot action, but this book was almost too tedious to keep up with because you had to remember so many different twists. It seemed way too busy, like there was something that was missing and Laurell K. Hamilton was trying to make up for it.
I know that Richard was hurt in the last book, but his character wasn't very sympathetic, even when you take into account what he'd been through. (I don't really get how he thought that Anita was cheating on him, even though he knew that there was always a possibility of her having sex with Jean-Claude because of their dating arrangement.) He seemed to be a bit too angry and too edgy and lost even more of the potential good guy vibe that he'd originally started out with.
Learning more about Jean-Claude and his past with Asher and Julianna was really a great aspect of the book. I like that the author has taken the time to explore his past and give more explanations for what has gone on throughout his history.
Anita was a lot more of a sympathetic character than she has in books past. She was a lot more human, even with her escalating powers. The fact that it seems that so many of her friends are pulling away from her made her even more of a likable and admirable character. She's gone from being practically a sociopath and/or bully to having a more vulnerable underdog stance.
Even though it wasn't as great as the previous one, I felt like it was definitely a worthwhile read and like I will definitely be continuing with the series.
This is one of those books that people either seem to love or hate. And most of the hate seems to either come from people within the LDS Church who thThis is one of those books that people either seem to love or hate. And most of the hate seems to either come from people within the LDS Church who think that Elna Baker's depiction of being in a Singles Ward and a member of the Church are somehow lies or just exaggerations. And, of course, there are the people who say that she is being narcissistic and self-centered by writing this book because she only talks about how things pertain to her, but that's kind of the point since this is a memoir. Then there are the people who are easily offended by the content, which could be a problem for some for more conservative backgrounds (i.e. many Mormons) and who are more comfortable with G and PG books and movies. Personally, though, I think this book is easy to relate to, humorous, and nowhere near as "obscene" as some folks claim.
Baker's position in her own family is as the Funny One, which totally makes sense because this book is very funny. She has a quirky sense of humor. Her wit kept me laughing through much of the story. The only times where it didn't were when she was very open about her struggles with weight loss and with finding love, which is especially difficult for her since she is an atypical (meaning liberal) Mormon struggling to find her place in the world, as well as in a church she grew up in. It is extremely easy to empathize with her awkwardness and her sadness. And I completely understand what it feels like to want, from youth, to be beautiful and to feel attractive. Her explanation, especially in the part where she lets her body talk, made me sob...a lot. It is just so poignant and raw and real.\
Her writing makes it easy to realize that some people that she's met in her life are rather horrid individuals, among them Jeff, the white women who purchased dolls at FAO Schwarz, and her almost fiance. Jeff's taking advantage of her, convincing her to let him touch her breasts under her bra (though she only was comfortable with his hands being over her bra), then telling her to keep that event between the two of them--as though he was ashamed of what he did with her. The white women who were so obviously racist because they were so closed-minded that they couldn't imagine letting their precious daughters play with a doll that looks like it is a minority. And her almost fiance who would talk down to her and seemed to like to "put her in her place" so that he could act like he was better than her. They were just absolutely pathetic.
This book wasn't perfect, but it was still great. There were some minor editing issues with it--nothing too awful. Overall, I think it was one of the best memoirs that I've read in a while....more