The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Author: Stephen Chbosky

Page Count: 256

Genre: Coming-Of-Age

Book Synopsis: Socially awkward teen Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam and her stepbrother Patrick help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie’s dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie’s inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence.

Movie Adaptation: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

 
 
 You don’t want to miss this one!
An upbeat epistolary, with the writing perfectly synchronized with the introvert  (or more appropriately: emotionally handicapped) protagonist, not finding it relatable is not even a question since we all have been through/are going through the gawky adolescence.
And if you abstain from shedding spotlight on yourself and are comfortable being the observer, you would perfectly understand the “Wallflower”
You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.
Here’s a sneak:

There is a feeling that I had Friday night after the homecoming game that I don’t know if I will ever be able to describe except to say that it is warm. Sam and Patrick drove me to the party that night, and I sat in the middle of Sam’s pickup truck. Sam loves her pickup truck because I think it reminds her of her dad. The feeling I had happened when Sam told Patrick to find a station on the radio. And he kept getting commercials. And commercials. And a really bad song about love that had the word “baby” in it. And then more commercials. And finally he found this really amazing song about this boy, and we all got quiet.

Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.

“I feel infinite.”

Chbosky covers the A-Z of being a teenager- First dates, family, drama, new friends, sex, sexual exploration, drugs, loss, young love, suicide, sexual abuse, rape, and you name it!
It’s devastatingly real but somehow I feel Chbosky bit more that he could chew. The depths of each aspect haven’t really been described or hinted upon, save for the child-like outlook of the teenage protagonist.  The novel is incredibly over-rated, yes! It didn’t really inspire or inculcate something in me as I expected it to (Probably because I had high hopes when I picked this book up!).

 

Anyways, I think everyone should read this book, not because everyone else is reading it or has read it; but because it’s a nostalgic experience. And don’t we all like to live more than many lives (Even though it spans only 256 pages)?

You’ll love this one if you like Catcher In the Rye!

 

Reviews:

Critics: 4.2/5

I’d rate it:  3.9/5

Kidnapped

  • Author: R. L. Stevenson
  • Genre: Thriller
  • No. Of pages: 136

One word, and only one word, can sum this book convincingly- Adventure. Adventures of a mere teenager who unwantingly risked his life only to be saved by a stroke of luck and some humanity.

One of R. L. Stevenson’s lesser known novels, Kidnapped, does justice to the smooth wit that Stevenson is famous for. The narration glides and flies through the heavy turmoils that the protagonist goes through.

Why, David,” said he, “the innocent have aye a chance to get assoiled in court; but for the lad that shot the bullet, I think the best place for him will be the heather.”… When it came to this, I gave Alan up. But he looked so innocent all the time, and was in such clear good faith in what he said, and so ready to sacrifice himself for what he deemed his duty, that my mouth was closed. Mr. Henderland’s words came back to me: that we ourselves might take a lesson by these wild Highlanders. Well, here I had taken mine. Alan’s morals were all tail-first; but he was ready to give his life for them, such as they were.

The only kink in this well oiled chain are the foreign words. As is quite evident from the excerpt above, the writing contains one too many Scottish words which are difficult for the non-Scottish readers to decipher. But mostly the context renders it proper meaning so even that problem is not much of a problem.

Lastly, the writing is filled with an adrenaline filled ride as the protagonist fights against all at land and sea, as we empathise with him and disbelieve him but constantly hope he gets what he badly seeks.

Ratings:

Critics- 3.8/5

I’d rate it- 4/5