The Perks of Being a Wallflower By: Stephen Chbosky
Posted by Krystal Larson at 11:09 AM Saturday, October 13, 2012
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.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed 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.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
After reading, I found out that this book often provokes controversy when it is assigned reading in classrooms….no surprise there! In a way, I didn’t want to continue reading because it’s all kind of sad and shocking, but I also had to finish reading. I wanted to know what happens. These characters aren’t people that I would have liked or wanted to hang around with in high school.
Charlie, to me, is an impossible high school freshman. His personality and remarks would be appropriate for a seven year-old boy. His observations about his sister’s interactions with her boyfriend, about his friend’s homosexuality, about his grandfather’s personality, and about other situations seem childlike. He says that he won’t be doing drugs again, but he never makes a judgment on the actions of others either. I often wanted someone to say – hey, that’s wrong! However, his “wallflower” viewpoint – not judging or participating – does offer a perspective on situations that helps me as a reader. You wonder how you would react to the book’s situations; you’re just glad that you don’t have to. The author includes everything a teen might be faced with in high school: drugs, drinking, fooling around, abusive boyfriends, teen suicide, pregnancy, homosexuality, child abuse, etc… Too Dr. Phil!
In the past though, I often haven’t liked assigned books that were supposed to open up discussion about serious topics; so, maybe I’m not being fair or “smart” with my criticism. The story is thought-provoking, and I did want to finish reading.
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