Thursday, 6 December 2012

Book Club | The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

"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 mixed 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 Charlie 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."

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

Considering it's a New York Times Bestseller, I hadn't heard much about this book before I read it.  I knew it had been turned into a film with Emma Watson but as always, I like to read the book before I see the film.  It's only 187 pages long, so it's a short and sweet action packed novel, and the first I'd read by Stephen Chbosky (someone tell me how you pronounce that please!)  When I began reading it, I realised that I'd seen a lot of the quotes on Tumblr. The book grips you straight away. It's written in a letter format and the language Chbosky uses cleverly conveys the main character, Charlie's, social awkwardness. A lot happened in under 200 pages, some I didn't see coming, others that I picked up reading through. It's one of those cult books and I can see why, it was a really enjoyable read and if you love books, you'll certainly love this one! 

Currently reading: You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
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