Friday, January 11, 2013

The perks of being a wallflower

Charlie is a boy who just entered high school as a freshman. He has his fears as he is not popular and extremely shy. He writes to a person anonymously telling that person his life. He writes about school life, his friends and his family. He tells the person what happens but not on a daily basis. It tells how Charlie made new friends, read many books, watched The Rock Horror Picture Show and music. He is a wallflower because what he sees he doesn't tell, what he knows he just keeps.

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a book about a boy growing up. He watches people and slowly he tries to participate in life. He makes new friends and have all sorts of experience with them. This book is just okay to me, nothing special even though a movie was made. I picked up this book without reading any reviews and I just based it that since there's a movie it will be good. I was wrong and I think it's because I can't relate to the book. Yes it's about growing up but my growing up in south east Asia is very different than the States. Parents discipline us differently, education was different and cultures are different.  

There is nothing in common in that book compared to my growing up days but it does make me think back. To compare I think my growing up days might be boring but it was good because all was safe and sound as I did not attempt dangerous stuff like the characters in the booking smoking pots and cigarettes. One thing I learn from the writing is the letters greatly convey the personality of Charlie. From the way he writes you could slowly read his personality besides his participation in the stories. 

Honestly I would not pick up this book the second time to read. It did not make a great impression with me because it's a typical slice of life book. I have seen many slice of life Japanese animation to compare with and those are much much better in terms of story line. The book is quite thin so I kinda regret buying the book, I should have just waited for the movie. But since the book is like this, I think I might not watch the movie even though my favorite actress is in it. If you're still interested in the book, go to a library and borrow it from a friend, to me it wasn't worth my money.

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