I know, I know. This is one of those books I should’ve read years ago, but never got around to it. I think I put it off because I thought it would be depressing. And it was, to an extent, but it was also enlightening–one of those books that makes you Think About Things Differently. So here it is: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky).
Disclaimer: If you don’t like reading about sex, drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes, especially in relation to teenagers, you will not like this book. At all. This book is made up of high schooler Charlie’s letters (what is it with me and epistolary books recently?) to an unnamed recipient who never responds, and Charlie’s letters are very honest and open about his and his friends’ high school experience, from getting high at a party to experimenting with gay sex to abortion to curse words to abuse, etcetera, etcetera. I was homeschooled during my high school years, so I can’t say how accurate this book is to most people’s high school experiences. I can say, however, that the book really captures the feeling of being a teenager–the thrill of a crush, the anticipation of the future, the difficulty of discovering who you are, the pain of experiencing life and loss for the first time. I can’t say much more without giving away the story, so I’ll leave it there. It’s a strange, beautiful, painful book for those who remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager and aren’t afraid to look at the dark side of the high school experience.
I may need to watch the movie now. Especially as it stars Emma Watson as Sam.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good
Have you read this book? Have any suggestions for what I should read next? Let me know in the comments!