The Perks of Being a Wallflower- a Review of The Novel & Movie (141)

13573503Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, MTV Books, August 2012( Originally in 1999)

Written By:Stephan Chbosky


Book Info: Paperback, SSJCPL(Library), Borrowed

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Series: Stand Alone


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About Book:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

My Thoughts:

First I feel like Patrick when he says Sam showed him good music. This book once again proves that books are better than the movie. The thing is I love the movie almost as much as the book. This is a wonderful coming of age story that shows that no matter what you see on the outside there is always more going on inside. I find Charlie to be someone who was lost and numb. When I say this I mean he just numbed himself from the world around him because of what had happened to him. I feel like slowly the people around him let him see life but he was never really apart of it until the end.  When he finally let himself  have what he wanted. He “participated” but he wasn’t really participating he was observing just like a wallflower would. I loved how Charlie expressed himself to “Dear Friend.” I loved that he was more himself in his letters then he was with his friends. This was something so strange for me to see but it was true. There are rarely people who can truly feel themselves.

This book is thought-provoking and has so many wonderful things going for it. Stephen Chbosky wrote an amazing novel that anyone of any age would enjoy. This is a book that sits with you for a while you take time to digest it. I may even have to rewrite my thoughts as I ponder. I wont say go read it but if you do read it and experience it as much as you can.

The Movie.


I love movies like this one. When I say that I love unconventional strange things that turn out to be something beautiful. I found this to be a beautiful movie. I tend to say things like that a lot but I truly believe that. This movie is something that makes you think and find that there are simply good people out there. Yes sometimes they are strange but strange can turn into something wonderful and amazing at the same time. I loved watching Charlie’s Story unfold because it wasnt something that bored me it made me wish that I was apart of their world. I love the 90’s and the music was amazing. They kept showing amazing things about this group of friends going through what most high schoolers go through. I loved that you didn’t have to see popular kids the whole time like most movies do put the whole us vs them thing. I am not a reviewer of movies but I will say this I couldn’t have loved this movie anymore then I loved the book I enjoyed both equally. This is something they rarely happens for me. I wasnt left feeling like the beautiful story that was told in the book was destroyed.

Overall Thoughts

All I can say is I think I would be considered a wallflower.


p.s. Quotes I Love

And in that moment, I swear I was infinite. p.39

I hoped it’s the Kind of second side that he can listen to when ever he drives alone and feels like he belongs to something whenever he’s sad. p. 62

“you ever think, Charlie, that our group is the same as any other group like the football team? And the only real difference between us is what we wear and why we wear it”
“Yeah?” And there was this awkward pause.
“Well I think it’s all bullshit.”
And he meant it. It was hard to see him mean it that much. p.155


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