The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Narrator: Noah Galvin
Length: 6 hours 24 minutes
Publication Date: 19th September 2017
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being A WALLFLOWER
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course 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 the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.”
My Thoughts & Review
Once again I went into this book knowing nothing about. All I knew is that people have loved it this book and I also knew it was made into a movie, which I haven’t seen either.
One of the main reasons I decided to try it out was because it was recommended to me by one of my cousins, she said it was brilliant and I would love it. We like similar books so thought I would give it ago. Also, I managed to download the audiobook during my free Scribd trial so that was another bonus.
I hadn’t realised what a short book The Perks of Being a Wallflower was. I somehow had it in my mind that this was a really big book, but it wasn’t I got through the audiobook really fast.
Things I liked about the book:
- I liked the way the book is written/formatted. I liked how the story was told through written letters which felt were written to the reader.
- The characters were in interesting and felt very realistic. I really enjoyed learning about them through Charlie’s letters.
- There are lots of wonderful quotes in the book, which I will be sharing with you all soon.
- The narrator did an exceptionally good job at narrating this book, he sound great and brought the book to life..
Things I didn’t like:
- Although the characters felt realistic the plot seemed to be a little up and down. There were some parts that just felt unrealistic to me.
- Felt dull and slow in places.
- The ending was ok but nothing spectacular.
All in all, I would say this was an ok-ish read. In all honesty I think if I had read The Perks of Being a Wallflowers a few years earlier I would have probably rated it a bit higher. But, if you haven’t read it then I would still recommend you give it ago. Especially as I think I am in the minority of readers who hasn’t loved it fully.
Sorry for this mish mash of a review, I really had no idea how to go about writing it. I’ve attempted it several times but just couldn’t get all my thoughts down properly.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get chatting.
Happy Reading Everyone!!!