Friday, 25 January 2013

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Given the recent release of the epic movie "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" I thought it was fitting I would review the book! I absolutely loved this novel yet I absolutely hated the perspective. The plot, characters, emotions... everything was amazing yet I found the story annoying being told through a collection of letters. It was extremely effective though given the fact that writing is extremely therapeutic and Charlie (the protagonist) is going through quite a few things and just needs someone to talk to. Yet unfortunately I did not enjoy this given the fact that it is just entries which just cuts the story off but I thought the letter format was unique that came across as open and sincere and really plays on the innocence of Charlie. 

Despite the dare I say it... perky title this story is not one for the light hearted it deals with harsh realities in life and the difficulties some adolescents endure while growing up. Chbosky wrote many memorable quotes that where so heartfelt and honest I think that is one of the reasons many people feel quite emotional hearing them such as;
"We accept the love we think we deserve" 
           and

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

I also loved Chbosky's reference to one of The Smiths songs "Asleep" (which is one of my favourites!) I guess what makes me love this book was how accurately Charlie’s experiences with anxiety and depression were presented. 

A book not intended for the light hearted but intended for an understanding and sympathetic audience.

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