Stephen Chbosky's 'Perks of being a wallflower' is one of the most meaningful, emotional and thought provoking books I have read in a long time. ChbosStephen Chbosky's 'Perks of being a wallflower' is one of the most meaningful, emotional and thought provoking books I have read in a long time. Chbosky names Catcher in the Rye amongst his influences while writing, and the idea has picked up with many reviews calling it a modern adaption.
Many of the reviews I have seen go on about Charlie epitomising the life of the average teenager, while others condemn it for lack of realism. It is as though everyone forgets, for just a moment, that the life of every teenager is different. Charlie is different in a striking way and struggles through the mental separation of his peers. I want everyone to read this without comparing his experiences to other teenagers, or discussing how Charlie would be picked on for being different.
The perks of being a wallflower follows 15 year old Charlie as he begins High School in 1991. He is an outsider, a wallflower, who sits quietly in the background observing and learning. He sees things in a special way that amazes his friends and bamboozles his family. Chbosky has written a coming-of-age novel that sets your mind on fire and tugs at your heart. Charlie is writing down a years worth of experiences in a series of letters to a stranger. Most of what he writes is something that we have thought or experienced at least once in our life, and for some people, may have been too afraid to admit.
"I just wish that God or my parents or Sam or my sister or someone would just tell me what's wrong with me. Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense. To make this all go away. And disappear. I know that's wrong because it's my responsibility, and I know that things get worse before they get better because that's what my psychiatrist says, but this is a worse that feels too big." pg 139
The perks of being a wallflower is once of the most inspiring books I have read in a long time. It has inspired me to think, it has inspired me to feel, it has inspired me to observe and understand everything around me but most of all it has inspired me to act on and enjoy my understanding and my desires.
This isn't a book for everyone. Too many people will scoff at it's popularity and how it is overrated and unrealistic; but some people will pick it up, understand Charlie and say “I feel infinite."...more
Keeping the Moon (also published as Last Chance) by Sarah Dessen is the quirky and heart warming story of former chubster 15 year old Colie. She is seKeeping the Moon (also published as Last Chance) by Sarah Dessen is the quirky and heart warming story of former chubster 15 year old Colie. She is sent to stay with her eccentric Aunt Mira, a fat artist who designs condolence cards (for your dead post man, former pets and ex-lovers). Along for the ride is arty Norman, bitchy Isabel and proverb spouting Morgan.
Keeping the Moon is about friendships, self confidence and acceptance. If you can accept and respect yourself then others will follow suit. Dessen is trying to share Colie's experiences with her readers by showing that words can only hurt if you believe them.
This is an excellent read for teenage girls, especially those who can empathise with Colie. However, Dessen has some issues in this book. The idea, while not entirely unoriginal, follows the usual story of girl feels unworthy, girl has makeover, girl feels confident, girl meets boy. The story can be predictable at times and the characters are mostly one dimensional until they inspire an epiphany in Colie.
Keeping the Moon was a teenage favourite of mine, but I have unfortunately outgrown it. I hope others can enjoy it as I used to....more