Book Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower

But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is an amazing books about life. Plain and simple right? Wrong! Life has ups and downs and you never know whats going to come next. This book was beautifully written and was 4/5 stars for me. This is a SPOILER FREE Review so keep on reading!

I had been wanting to read this book for a long time because my friends got me the movie for my birthday. I have yet to watch the movie because I wanted to read the book first. The book is always better! Anyways, I had to choose a book for one of my school reading assignments and decided to pick Perks because it is such a loved book for most young adult readers.

The book is told through letters from Charlie to someone anonymous. I love when authors find an interesting way to tell the story, it makes it more enjoyable to read. By writing in letters it was like reading from Charlie’s journal about his wacky first year in high school. Charlie has always been the weird kid and because he lost his only real friend he has no one going into high school. So at the first football game he meets Sam and Patrick who end up becoming his best friends. Now when I met Sam I was worried that they entire story from then on would be about them falling in love, and I know its a contemporary romance sort of novel but I just didn’t want to be shipping them together the entire time. Thankfully it was about much more than a teen love story. This book was hilarious and always had me guessing. My favourite part of the entire book though was this one poem near the beginning of the story, here it is below:

Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Chops”
because that was the name of his dog
And that’s what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and a gold star
And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
and read it to his aunts
That was the year Father Tracy
took all the kids to the zoo
And he let them sing on the bus
And his little sister was born
with tiny toenails and no hair
And his mother and father kissed a lot
And the girl around the corner sent him a
Valentine signed with a row of X’s
and he had to ask his father what the X’s meant
And his father always tucked him in bed at night
And was always there to do it

Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Autumn”
because that was the name of the season
And that’s what it was all about
And his teacher gave him an A
and asked him to write more clearly
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because of its new paint
And the kids told him
that Father Tracy smoked cigars
And left butts on the pews
And sometimes they would burn holes
That was the year his sister got glasses
with thick lenses and black frames
And the girl around the corner laughed
when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
And the kids told him why
his mother and father kissed a lot
And his father never tucked him in bed at night
And his father got mad
when he cried for him to do it.

Once on a paper torn from his notebook
he wrote a poem
And he called it “Innocence: A Question”
because that was the question about his girl
And that’s what it was all about
And his professor gave him an A
and a strange steady look
And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
because he never showed her
That was the year that Father Tracy died
And he forgot how the end
of the Apostle’s Creed went
And he caught his sister
making out on the back porch
And his mother and father never kissed
or even talked
And the girl around the corner
wore too much makeup
That made him cough when he kissed her
but he kissed her anyway
because that was the thing to do
And at three a.m. he tucked himself into bed
his father snoring soundly

That’s why on the back of a brown paper bag
he tried another poem
And he called it “Absolutely Nothing”
Because that’s what it was really all about
And he gave himself an A
and a slash on each damned wrist
And he hung it on the bathroom door
because this time he didn’t think
he could reach the kitchen.

It went in a totally different direction than I thought it would and it kind of explains the whole book without giving anything away. Messed up families, relationships, teen angst. Everything that happens in regular life is explained in this one poem about other poems. I have read it multiple times, just this one poem because I just loved the strangeness of it! I can’t wait to see the movie because I love everyone that was casted! Maybe I will write a review on the movie as well! I guess we will see! Have you read Perks? Have you seen the movie? Let me know!

And I swear in that moment we are infinite.

– Jordan

Goodreads link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22628.The_Perks_of_Being_a_Wallflower?from_search=true

 

 

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