I am reviewing this book for the October Blogger Book Club (even though I read it November 2-3) and the Semi-Charmed Winter 2012 Book Challenge (read three books from three different genres for 30 total points).
I wanted to read this book because it’s been challenged so many times (who doesn’t love a banned book?) and because of the film version that just came out.
Summary 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 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.
Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars. It was very easy to read; I could have finished it in one sitting (I was interrupted so it took two). Some of the other reviewers didn’t like the book because of references to sex, drugs, and masturbation but guess what… Teenagers do those things. The book seemed real. I never really understood what kind of mental issues Charlie had but I enjoyed his story and rooted for him. Now I have to watch the movie!