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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Club: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

The entire book is written in the form of letters from the main character teenage Charlie to a person who is unknown. Charlie grows up in the 90s an era of mixed tapes, smoking joints in basements and The Rocky Horror Show. Charlie is in his first year at High School, super smart but just doesn't know it and thinks intensely about everything, he's a watcher not a doer thus the name 'wallflower'.

This book is about growing up and pains of High School, the loss of friends and making friends, teen sexuality and the challenges Charlie faces being a young adult who thinks about everyone and everything in such detail, but never himself. He is brutally honest and full of uncontrollable emotion.

This book tugs on the heart strings and I felt really sad for Charlie. The story has a twist that I kind of saw coming as to why Charlie is the way that he is. It was quite a small book and very easy to read, considering it was a book solely written in letter format from 1 character I think the author is pretty talented to keep the reader engaged like he did. I loved the reference to different books Charlie read like Catcher in the Rye and especially liked the quotes and sayings in the book, this is my favourite:

"Why do I, and everyone I love, pick people who treat us like we're nothing
We accept the love we think we deserve"

The Perks of Being A Wallflower has also recently been made into a movie which I would love to watch ... another movie night perhaps!

I would recommend this book to young adults and anyone who both loved and hated High School. I give this book 4 stars.

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

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  1. Love your star ratings, Michelle. My guess is that you have never rated anything 5 stars! Have a good one.

    1. I have actually passed up a date with Johnny Depp a few times now (shocking I know!) with these 5 star reads: One Day, Tuesdays With Morrie, Bronze Horseman, and a lot of my home design books too :)

  2. I wouldn't mind reading it. I love your ratings too. Claudia xx

  3. I haven't read the book, but I really want to see the movie!! I just love Emma Watson!

  4. Great review, will add this one to my Kindle. Thanks

  5. Thanks, I am looking forward to reading it, always looking for something light and engaging, hope I can get it as an e-read xxx Rae

  6. LOVE your point scale! Too funny!

    I've heard SUCH good things about Wallflower, but I just haven't taken the plunge yet. Sounds fabulous! Definitely need a movie night afterwards ;] Enjoy!

  7. I just read this one as well, I haven't seen the movie yet. I really enjoyed it. I feel a bit silly, but who were the letters to? I think I missed that part. I went back and re-read parts to figure taht out but I didn't get it.

  8. THANKS for the review.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition. I am in that list as #15.

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  9. Michelle, thanks for joining in Books You Loved again. Cheers

  10. I just read (and reviewed) this book this past summer. I liked it, but can see how I would have LOVED it if I had read it in High School.... Loved your review, though! :)


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