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

Published December 28, 2015 by Kaitlin Michelle

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I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  See some that I have already posted here.

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Goodreads Summary:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

My Thoughts:

This book is about Charlie. He is a freshman in high school and he doesn’t really have any friends, except his English teacher, who gives him books to read outside of class. His friend from before high school killed himself. This book talks about suicide, which I already mentioned was something I like to read about. Also it has a bit about a woman being a sexual abuser, which doesn’t come up often, it is usually men that are portrayed this way, and I like that it put it out there that women can do these types of things also. This book is about Charlie’s new friends and life experiences, and trying to put his past trauma behind him.

Fave quotes:

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

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

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”

“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

“It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”

“She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time. ”

“This moment will just be another story someday.”

“Maybe it’s sad that these are now memories. And maybe it’s not sad.”

And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have. Good and bad.”

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