Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book Love: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I've read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky twice now. And I think I'll read it every two years or so for the rest of my life because I love this book.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It's different than anything I've ever read. First off, it's an epistolary novel-- which is a fancy new word I just learned from Wikipedia that means a novel that is written in a series of documents (like letters in this case.) The letters come from a high-school aged boy who is writing anonymously to someone he barely knows, but thinks is a good person. I just think he wanted someone to talk to, someone to tell his whole story. Because most people don't have someone they can tell absolutely everything to, right?

"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."

The book touches on so much: sexuality, drugs, abuse, introversion, and the all-together awkwardness of being in high school.

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

Not only is the main character introverted, he may be borderline autistic or have a social disorder. But he is beautifully simple. And because the book is from his perspective, I dog-earred more than ten pages worth of quotes that I fell in love with.

"...and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be."

Growing up is a roller coaster, and this book will bring you through so many aspects of life. There are parts that are hilarious to imagine that will put a smile on your face, parts that are difficult to read, and parts that will just break your heart. There are parts that are awkward, and parts that are so beautiful they'll take you back to a time where you were on top of the world. But that's the range of life, isn't it? And that's why I think I liked this book so much-- it touches on the things that everyone has to go through-- whether directly or indirectly.

"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."

So, if you've read it, let me know what you think. Or come back and comment after you do read it. And remember I'm always up for other recommendations or books to review!


1 comment:

  1. If you like the epistolary novel idea than you must read "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Marie Rilke. Like yesterday. Aforementioned young poet send a series of letters to Rilke from 1903-1908 and what we have left is Rilke's replies. He was a German poet and the writing style and content is just astonishing. And to think that it was translated from German to English. I can't imagine what it would be like for a native speaker. It is also a quick read. $5 and 76 pages per Amazon. I think it has to jump your reading queue.

    Seriously, buy it today. Or I'll let you borrow it. As long as you give it back :)