What I read: The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky. It’s young adult fiction and epistolary novel. Which is basically a book made out of letters or kind of a diary. There are 213 pages. Overall I give it a five-star rating. ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
How it starts: The book starts off with a letter and it’s like this throughout the whole book. He’s writing letters to someone because “she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even tho you could have.” At least that’s Charlie’s reason. He just fills them in about his whole freshman year and how everything has changed.
How it gets complicated: There isn’t anything huge that happens in the book because this is like a fictional diary. Charlie is already someone who puts others before his needs and that kind of creates problems. He also had some stuff happen with his friends and he had to stay away for a while. There were events in the story that happened and that he remembered caused Charlie to go through a rough time. So yeah, it’s not much. But sometimes you could feel his pain too.
What I liked: I loved almost everything about it. I love Charlie, I love Sam, I love Patrick. They all make the story great. I like how none of them were never described as perfect. They all were outsiders who have all felt pain and different in their own way. But that’s kind of what brings them all together as friends. I feel like the more hardships you go through in life makes you a better person. Kind of sad it’s the way we learn but, oh well. I felt like Charlie was my best friend, I felt like he was a real person. It’s nice to have a character experience the same things you have.
What I disliked: I watched the movie before the book. There were some things in the book that weren’t in the movie and vice versa. But I mean, the author of the book did direct the movie so maybe it was his newer version of it. I didn’t like how he didn’t really make the other characters come alive as much. But that’s kind of it. I liked it for the most part.
Reccommendation: I think anyone who likes to read about someone’s life would like this. It’s kind of sad but it also makes you think about life a little harder.