The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

So, human nature wants to sort things into categories. This includes sorting people, for better or worse. The only reason this book didn’t get 5 stars is that my brain spent so much time trying to figure out what was going on with Charlie, the narrator, and why he wasn’t like everyone else. When I finally got the reason, at the end of the book, it didn’t really resonate with the storytelling for me. But this is a great story and one that needs to be told. I also spent a while at the beginning and end of the book trying to figure out who he was writing to, even though Charlie said not to try to figure out who he was. Epistolary books are a tad clunky by nature, especially when you’re trying to conceal the writer or reader’s identity, but this is probably the least clunky one I’ve read, so that’s good. I was then especially curious how they made this into a movie, so I had to go find out! There was very little narration and you could tell that Charlie was mostly pretty normal. It just didn’t have the same effect. Like most stories, the book is better than the movie!

 

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