The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999) Review

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January 31, 2017

Dear friend,

Wow. I just finished reading a great book I feel I need to review in a different way. It only took me two days to read, a record because I’ve never read a book that fast in my entire life. I guess I should tell you the name of the book. It’s called The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999. Oh, and Stephen Chbosky is the author.

You might be asking why I’m doing my review like this? Well, if you’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower before, which I’ll refer to as Wallflower from now on, then you know the reason. If you haven’t, you should. I wasn’t sure if I should read it or not, and when I asked around no one gave me an answer. So, I read it anyway, and I’m glad I did. I’m not sure if I’d call it a favorite, and I’m not sure about adding a copy to my personal bookshelf. I gave the highest rating I could give, but I don’t like talking about things like that. Some books you can only read once because they don’t have the same magic the second time. The same logic applies to movies, but some people call them films. Whatever you call them, there’s one based on Wallflower. I plan on watching it soon.

Wallflower is a great change of pace from the typical book, fiction and non-fiction. Stephen Chbosky must be a creative person to write the book the way he did. His publisher must have believed in his vision and saw the brilliance in his idea to publish it instead of making him write it out like any other book. I think that’s why it was so easy to read. In fact, I know it is.

Wallflower is a novel about high school and high school kids. Not in the 80s sugar-coated gloss kind of way, but in the My So-Called Life, Freaks & Geeks kind of way. That’s what I was hoping for, and I wasn’t disappointed. Happy and sad. Light and dark. Sometimes at the same time. If you’ve never read Wallflower and are thinking about doing so, you should. It’s really good. I still don’t understand why people like The Catcher in the Rye.

Love always,

Drew

Copyright © Drew Martin 2017

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