Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chbosky

3.5 out of 5

Freshman, Charlie writes a series of letters to an unidentified person, telling this person about his life and the how he feels about his experiences. Charlie is an outcast, with no real friends, and a social awkwardness that makes it hard to be friendly with his classmates. Then he meets Patrick and Sam, seniors who take Charlie under their wing, and show him how the live and survive high school. But is their life the kind of life Charlie needs, or will the smoking, drinking, and drugs push Charlie even farther out of social normality?

My fist thought about this book, without even opening the book was, "I thought it would be bigger" (insert that's what she said joke here). I thought that Perks of Being a Wallflower was a decent book. Everyone always talks about how great this book is because high school students can relate to it even though it is set in 1991, and yes, high schoolers can relate to feeling invisible and doing drugs and smoking and drinking, but it that really what you want high school students to identify with?? This book was ok, but I have read way better books in my life. And maybe this book is actually pretty good, but I'm still high off of The Fault in Our Stars and nothing seems as good. Maybe. I do just have to say that Patrick, Sam, and the rest of their friends are hipsters to their core and they're doing it way better than most of the posers these days.

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