Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ~ Heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time

Hi Munchworms!

The Perks of Being a WallflowerToday’s review isn’t of a recent book –Β on the contrary – but I wanted to share it with you nonetheless. Those of you who’ve read it probably know why. Those of you who haven’t.. Well, I’d say: keep reading!

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 years 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 sideline 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.

Starting this book, I immediately fell for the format.
Our MC, Charlie, has written letters since the start of the school year in 1991 to a, to us, unknown receiver. Although we don’t know who this is exactly, it doesn’t ruin the story at all. I did, however, caught myself wondering who it was and what they did with all Charlie’s letters.

The writing itself felt disconnected to say the least. That might be a problem in other novels, but for this one? I’m convinced it fits perfectly. You simply know and feel that Charlie isn’t just a regular kid that goes through the motions of growing up, discovering life and trying out new things. There’s more to him than that. You honestly don’t need to read far into the novel to realize it.

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

To find out the reason he’s like that? Well, that’s something you only find out on the last couple of pages. I honestly didn’t have a clue. I couldn’t even think of a way for this book to end with a bang. But it did. It ended with a giant one that had me staring at the wall for about five minutes.

5 / 5

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor mcdonalds fries

And McDonald’s. Because Charlie.

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23 thoughts on “Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ~ Heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time

  1. I have heard so many great things about this book, so it makes me so happy to hear you liked this so much! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❀

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  2. I’m so happy you loved this! Perks was one of my absolute favorite books of my teen years. I feel like it was so important in a time where we didn’t have a lot of YA contemporary that talked about brutal truths and the hard parts of life. I don’t know, I could ramble about Perks for ages, but it was so meaningful to me and I’m so happy to see that it could hold up today as a new read for someone. ❀

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    1. I can really see why someone would love this book so much and for so long! Especially when subjects like that were rarely brought up. It’ll definitely be one that I’ll always keep on my shelves if I should ever have to unhaul books – but let’s hope that doesn’t happen. :’)

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    2. I HAD to; not that long ago.
      Okay, I didn’t really have to. It was more of a case of “Oh, I bought the third and fourth book of that series and now I can’t find the other ones except for ridiculous prices.. Aaaand the blurb doesn’t interest me as much as it did three years ago.. Okay.. I’ll.. have to.. bye.. bye..”
      Something like that. It huuuuurts; but.. Now I have a bit more space for books I’ll actually read? :’)

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    3. Bahaha I know what you mean! If we’re being honest I miiiight actually have a little box in my closet of books I’m getting together to take to the used bookstore the next time I get the chance to go. A lot of mine are the same premise (not the first in the series and now I’m not interested anymore), as well as a few I read this year and hated.

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    4. Ha! See! We should be proud of that in a way. People can’t say we keep hoarding books if we have the strength to say goodbye to some once in a while. Like, once every four years or something.
      I was thinking about saying goodbye to the books I didn’t particularly like this year as well, but.. 2017 is the year that I officially picked up my reading-addiction again so I just want to keep all the books as a.. I don’t know. I just feel like keeping them all because of that? :’D

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  3. The movie for this one is one of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations, because author Stephen Chbosky actually wrote the screenplay and directed the film. It does not get better than having the author have full control over the adaptation.

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  4. I absolutely love this book and your review. I agree 100% that the disconnection in the writing made it easier to truly understand Charlie’s feelings. The ending is so unexpected. Have you seen the movie? It is probably one of the best books to ever be turned into a movie as far as accuracy goes.

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    1. Thank you!
      I haven’t seen the movie yet. Or I think I didn’t. I might’ve seen a couple of minutes of it because the cast just looks way too familiar to me in a way. It’s definitely on my to watch-list though!

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  5. Great review! I completely agree that the rather disconnected writing style worked well with the story and format of the novel. Have you seen the movie adaptation?

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