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

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆(5/5)

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

I kind of put this book for a little while and just about 2 days ago I began to read it again and I was very very glad that I did. After reading this book you see I have to gather my thoughts and feelings. And, you know what when I started reading this again I get the hang of it and as I read and read and read I was hooked with the characters. I have so much love for this book. This book was written like a diary, like a letter to a close friend, like the letter speaks to the readers even talking to the readers. It was written in Charlie’s perspective, and he writes all his experiences, his thoughts, his pain, happiness and even confusions in life, issues every character has experienced be it bullying, drugs, prom etc. He is a very straightforward kid and even though he has all the flaws he is just perfect for me. My love for Charlie, Patrick and Sam grew each time I indulge myself in reading their stories. Page by page they have won me over. The story of their friendship is just beautiful.

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

These kids are perfectly flawed, they’re not the perfect role model for kids, we know that because some do drugs, drinks, lies, engage in sex and all. They’re a bunch who wanted to explore everything. Charlie has touched my heart. I can’t stop myself from crying at the end of the book, the ending for me was so bittersweet but touching and I feel like I am the friend Charlie is writing and talking to. So even if I am an hour done with the book, tears still flow and I still think of Charlie, how pure his heart is, how innocent he is on some things, how he is as a friend to every one, he is a very good friend, on how he is with his family. He has a good heart even though bad things are happening to him, even if people bully him, hurt him. say bad things to him, treats him differently he is just the way he is. His heart and soul are very pure. Who’s not going to love him??

Sam and Patrick on the other hand, was just lovely, they are different, I find them selfless and so true to Charlie, they are also flawed but something in them was just amazing, they definitely care for Charlie. They make Charlie feel he is very special the same with the teacher. I adore him for not giving up on Charlie, for teaching him everything and for understanding the weird side and the emotional side of Charlie, Kisses for you teacher for the great books that you let Charlie read.

I haven’t watched the movie of this yet but I really think that Emma Watson was just the right person to play Sam. I have to watch the movie soon so I could somewhat compare but nevertheless, this book deserves 5 stars. The idea of writing the book in this diary/letter kind is very clever. It was an entry like but we feel that the whole story is complete, I don’t feel that the story was lacking any information just because it is written this way. It was definitely detailed in information and I find Charlie’s entries amusing, sad, lively, happy, neutral all at the same time. You can just feel the mixed of emotions and somehow we also find ourselves relating to the experiences of the characters because this is reality, it happens because as we always say the struggle is real. By reading this, you feel as if you are also a part of the story. You are part of their lives. It may be confusing at times but we are all like Charlie, no matter what the day brings just as long as you have friends, family, teachers who will accept and be there for you, time is not wasted with good people.

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