The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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A guest post by James (Lindsey’s Husband)

I sometimes find it really difficult to get into a book and will end up reading half (or less) before giving up – but really didn’t have this problem with The Perks and Being a Wallflower at all..

I first heard of the book three days ago when randomly stumbling across a Parez Hilton blog post where he mentioned it was one of his favourite books so decided to give it a go.

The book consists of a series of letters written by the main Character, a 15 year old boy called Charlie.  It’s probably best described as a “coming of age” story that features, among other things, rape, drugs, homosexuality and nudity.  The book is set back in the early 90’s and spams across the year that Charlie is moving into “High school”.

I was hooked from the very start of the book and have just spend the past 4 hours since the kids went to bed lost in his world as I finished the final 50%.

I’m not really sure how to review the book without giving too much away.  At the start Charlie is a loner who is best summarised near the end of the book as a “freak” but who finds some friends that bring more out of him and the letter format explains his slightly strange emotions in a really intuitive way.

The book has a lot of laugh out loud moments but the final two chapters bring everything together and I spent them huddled up under a blanket with a box of tissues and a lot of sobbing!  I will say no more than that as I don’t want to give it away but certainly didn’t see the ending coming.

I’ve read quite a few books this year but The Perks of Being a Wallflower has emotionally touched me more than any book I’ve read in a long time – I absolutely recommend this book and whilst it won’t be to everyones tastes I would give it 5 out of 5 stars without any hesitation.

Since reading it I’ve also heard that it’s being adapted into a major Hollywood film (staring the gorgeous Emma Watson) so make sure you read the book first!  I am sure that the movie will be great if done correctly but it’ll be hard to bring the raw emotions of the “letter” format to the big screen.

You can pick it up from Amazon on either Kindle edition (£4.99) or in Paperback (£4.31) – don’t even get me started on why it’s cheaper in paperbook than a Kindle….



One Response to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

  1. This was also a quick read for me (my review is here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/159449893). Charlie is adorable and I enjoyed the characters surrounding him. Quite a bombshell at the end!

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