The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Banned Book Week!)
Charlie… prefers to observe. Well, observe and carry on discussions on paper written to “Dear Friend” about the people he sees, how funny some people act now that he is in 10th grade, why things are the way they are, the girl he likes, the discrimination he sees, why does he always respond by crying, and his quirky family dynamics.
Charlie, alone is just fine as he is quite self motivated and can find plenty to do. His English teacher seems to pick up on Charlies gift of reading and writing and assigns his additional reports to write on books that he chooses for Charlie which is well… fine, and maybe a little weird as Charlie really doesn’t want his only friend to be his English teacher.
That’s just awkward.
And then Charlie meets Sam and Patrick and things get a little easier. Sam is Patrick’s (beautiful!) sister and they too seem to stand a bit to the sidelines, but somehow – they make it look cool to be on the outside of the clicks and the trends. As their friendship grows Charlie becomes more sure of himself and more comfortable in his own skin.
Why did I want to read this book? This one was on my radar for last years Banned Book Week and I just never got to it. Now that it is a movie (released Sept 14th of this year) I knew I really had to make time for it.
Why oh why does it take me so long to read some books that I know I want to and them when I do…. wow, I have to say what took me so long? Perks Of Being A Wallflower on audio made me laugh, sigh, and yeah, like Charlie, it made me cry… but in a good way. Narrated by Noah Galvin I had goosebumpy (my word) feelings of a John Green novel – and that is a BIG compliment.
The book is smart and witty. Charlie’s character is the perfect mix of teenage awkwardness, low self-esteem, and the push to be something more because you know inside… you are something more. I love books that talk about books and when (yes when!) I listen to this one again I will need to write down all the book references because there is something about books that talk about books that makes me want to read the books that were discussed. To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher In The Rye, Walden, The Fountainhead, Naked Lunch, Peter Pan… (and I love that some of them are banned books as this one is too!).
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is about growing up and growing strong. It is about friendships that don’t relay on status or stereotypes. It is a book I think we all need to read in our lifetime and sit back and bask in what true friendship is. It is heartbreaking at times and it is heartwarming. Looking for a great audio? Pick this one up and thank me later.
Why was Perks Of Being A Wallflower Challenged/Banned?
According to the Marshall University Library the book has been banned and challenged since 2003 for sexually explicit conduct, drug use, and a rape scene.
Book’d Out is reviewing this one today too
At Owl Tell You All About is a review and a giveaway for a copy of this book!