Christmas Challenge 11. Something from your ‘to read pile’: The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

 

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“It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”

I’m not sure how to even begin reviewing this book. It’s one of those reads where nothing really happens, and yet everything happens. So I’ll start by saying  it is beautiful. The story is told from the perspective of Charlie who writes all these letters to an unknown friend in an attempt to understand his place in life. It is flawed, deeply moving but above all human. It is not overly complicated or wordy despite dealing with very complex issues and yet you find yourself thinking that’s exactly what ‘love’ or ‘loss’ feels like and you just wish that you had written it. I think this book is going to stay with me for a very long.

Incidentally, The Perks of Being a Wallflower could also count as a book that became a film and will probably be considered a classic one day, its very Catcher in the Rye and I’m not just saying that because the cover told me so. Go ahead, read them both and you’ll see.

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