10 May 2015

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I haven't posted a book review in a while, and this is mainly down to the fact that I haven't had that much time to read lately. Last night, I finished 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky, so that's the book I'm going to be reviewing today.

Now, I know what you're thinking; this book came out years ago, so why are you reading it now? Well, truth be told, I have never actually got round to reading it, mainly because it was on the pricey side of the books to by, and I just didn't have the money, so I've waited until I could afford to buy it. Having my kindle helped a lot as it brought the price of the book down drastically, so when I finally bought it, I just couldn't wait to read it. 

Before actually starting to read the book, I'd heard some really good reviews about it so I had quite high expectations. The story follows a young boy called Charlie, who is quite an emotional character. At first I found it quite annoying that he cried at most things, I'm not going to lie to you there, but as I got deeper into the book and got to know Charlie, I really warmed to him. He was such a sweet character; the type of person who wouldn't harm a fly. 

Charlie's very socially awkward to start with, therefore he is what we would call a 'Wallflower'. It sort of means that he's a rare species, but very special, and people don't realise how special he is; for them to do that, they really have to get to know him properly. He watches life from the sidelines, a little bit like me, which is why I could relate to him in some aspects. This is until he meets two charismatic students, who love life and everything in it, who become his mentors. Through the gift that is friendship, they help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more. Then comes an inspirational teacher, who acts as one of Charlie's closest friends when he has no one, encouraging his dreams of becoming a writer. The moments between the two characters provide some of the more emotional moments in the novel. There's just one problem; Charlie's new found friends are leaving for College, and his inner sadness threatens to shatter his new-found confidence.
It's not all about Charlie though, the book covers so many different issues faced by teenagers in society today, that it really opens your eyes as to how people deal with these things. Watching Charlie grow as a character is a beautiful thing as a reader, and the book definitely provides some of the most inspirational quotes I have ever seen in a book. It's layout is as a series of letters, which really interacts with the reader, as it creates the illusion that Charlie is actually writing and talking to you. Although, the book can get a little boring at times, so you've been warned. 

I can't wait to watch the film to see if the characters live up to my expectations. Overall, an amazing book that really didn't disappoint. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Recommended: YES

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