**I refeer to Catcher and the Rye sometimes as “Catcher” and perks of being a wallflower as “Perks”*** OK I know. BLAH BLAH BLAH He is a cry baby wannab**I refeer to Catcher and the Rye sometimes as “Catcher” and perks of being a wallflower as “Perks”*** OK I know. BLAH BLAH BLAH He is a cry baby wannabe Holden Caulfield
But I Loved it. I think why so many dislike this book, is because they compare it to the Cathcer and the Rye which by the way I HATED …. At first …. I thought it was stupid and uneventful I was waiting for something exciting to happen, but uh it never did….sorry this review is about Perks of being a wall flower….i swear I am getting to it….. But that is just the thing when I actually read that book The Cathcer and the Rye I was in the 9th grade and to caught up in my generation to care about anyone elses. To me the book was outdated and I had trouble seeing past the male point of view. That is why I at first HATED The Catcher and the Rye. So I believe that some of the dislike for this Perks relates to why I disliked The Catcher and the Rye. Also people HATE it when the two are compared because the Catcher is the classic, and is well liked by many many more people for much much longer. But I look at it like this…
When people say that this is like a modern day Catcher I take it to mean this: Here is the character that we all know and understand, young adolescent boy trying to find himself, trying to grow up. It has always been done and it always will be done. I think that Perks does it well. Perks is not a remake of Catcher, nor based off of it, though it may have similarities and be influenced by it, it does not make it an attempt to a companion novel. So many of the bad reviews focus on the fact that it is terrible….compared to Catcher.
Now I understand that there are a lot more intelligent people out there who just honestly did not like it. And that, is perfectly alright! But I also want to be sure that no one dislikes it because they think it is inaccurate. (I swear I read a review that did not like Perks strictly because her high school experience did not resemble Charlie’s…)
Mainly I think if you are not completely open to a character that is younger and is experiencing High school I can see why you would hate Perks. But I read it this year my senior year. Still young but learning more and more what it is to grow up. It was easy to finally understand this kind of character. Cause I am nearing the end of his journey…and starting a different one…. People say that this stuff didn’t happen to them but it happened to others. .. In some cases I can relate or even think of people that fit these characters. Sure they may not all be friends but their there. This book isn’t strictly about how accurate a typical high schoolers life is, it is a story a story written to make you think, a story that almost makes you a little nostalgic (if you are out or almost out of high school) It makes you excited, or maybe not feel so alone, you can relate and learn from it. But most of all you see in the beautiful innocent, and creative way Charlie thinks. Even if no freshman boy can think this way, it doesn’t take away from the beauty from the character that is Charlie.
As I go back and reread Catcher I still don’t like it too much …its not really my favorite….too hyper for me. (personally I feel Charlie takes things slower –most the time- which makes his story enjoyable to read) But I can respect Catcher and understand it more and more. The thought behind it, the story it makes more sense. And Holden Caulfield becomes a more beautiful character in my mind aswell.
In short I LOVED PERKS and everyone should read it to gather there own opinion. HAPPY READING!
P.S I also like this more then Catcher because for me it was easier to see the climax, or the point of the story after the first time I read it.