Book Review: Perks Of Being a Wallflower

November 13, 2012 No Comments »
Book Review: Perks Of Being a Wallflower

By Lydia Regan

 

            Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book about a freshman named Charlie. Charlie’s Aunt Helen died while he was a child. She went out to get him a birthday gift, she is killed in a car accident. He was emotionally attached to her, for certain reasons (read the book!!). His best friend killed himself in middle school, this also leaves him on the outside. Charlie enters high school as his brother enters college on a football scholarship, and his sister enters her senior year. His English teacher has interest in him, and gives him books for further reading. Charlie is an extraordinarily smart kid who wants to become a writer, and his teacher supports him. I REFUSE TO SAY ANYMORE DETAILS ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD!! YOU SHOULD READ THE BOOK!!

            Bill, Charlie’s English teacher, urges Charlie to start participating in life. Charlie meets two seniors a little bit later in the book, Sam and Patrick. Sam and Patrick are step brother and sister and the two of them are very close. They make Charlie apart of their group and help him participate in life, rather than watching life go by. Throughout the book Charlie has struggles and aspirations, his family and friends try to help him through it, and root him on. Charlie becomes someone everyone cares about.

            Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorite books. I think the book, although it is set in the 1990s, resembles many of the struggles that high school kids and all sorts of people face. Charlie is a kid who has struggled, but he is also someone who cares. He over thinks certain things, but he also is caring. Charlie is based on a boy character, but he is developed in a way that makes him so real you would think you knew him forever. Sam is awesome. I think that Sam is cool because she does not care what other people think is cool and the best, she does what she wants. Patrick is a teenage boy who is gay. He has a relationship with the quarterback of the football team. When the two of them get caught, he never stops caring or becomes like Brad, his boyfriend. Patrick gets into a fight when Brad turns against him, and is not afraid to express his love.

            All of the characters are complex. These characters are not your stereotypical boy character and girl character. I think that some people do not like this book, and I think they do not like it because they do not get it. There is always that group in a school, or job, which thinks they are the coolest of the cool. A group that is too awesome to express their feelings. Well most of us are not like that, and I think that this book shows that.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower describes those moment that may not seem that important when we are older, but are the funniest times as we are growing. The book has all different moments that Charlie loves to do with his friends. It never makes them seem crazier than they are, but it also never disregards them, or acts like these moments are dumb. I think this is important because it shows how we can be doing something that seems ridiculous, but it can be the greatest time because of who we are with.

I love the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower and it will forever be one of my favorites. I love it because it seems so real to me. I think that it represents a real friendship, and a real life. We should never try to hide what we are really doing, and we should never let life pass us. We just need to live how we want to, and not change ourselves.

“We are infinite.”




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