The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Yesterday I finished this book called "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. At first I saw this book in Kinokuniya, there was an urge to buy this book because the cover is so interesting and my friend told me that this book will gonna be filmed soon with Emma Watson as the one of its character. But, back to the fact that I have no money that time (haha) and the fact that for now it's better for me to read a book in pdf format because I can read it at the office when there's no job (scumbag employee), it ended with some googling and downloading. :P

My friend told me that this book is kinda 'hipster'. I didn't know why he said like that until I found out that this book was published by MTV on 1999. And "LOL I'M A HIPSTER" said that Step 11 to be a Modern Hipster is by reading this book. So yeah, I'm a fucking modern hipster now.

 Okay, let's skip the hipster part and back to the book. This book talks about drugs, sex, sexuality, literature, films, music, and daily adolescent life. It consists of the collection of letter from the main character named Charlie, a freshman in the early 1990’s, who decided to wrote to unnamed stranger friend he barely know since his bestfriend died by suicide. He wrote to that stranger friend to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. He wrote about what he went through, his thought, his sadness and happiness, his family, his friend, and his love life. From the letters we may see that Charlie is too sentimental, melancholic, and naive. Following his meeting with Sam and Patrick, two seniors who become his best friends, Charlie begins to experience more of life.

When I read it, sometimes Charlie really pissed me off because he is way too sentimental. It took me a long time to finish this book. But overall, the book has the quality of getting the readers sympathy to what was the characters are getting from each of his experiences. But if you expect to have great satisfaction and book-orgasm or read-orgasm thingy, I think you better search for another book, because I haven't got it from this book. The movie will be released on September, and I think that Emma Watson is really suitable with Sam character. Just like in my imagination.


"It's like when you are excited about a girl and you see a couple holding hands, and you feel so happy for them. And other times you see the same couple, and they make you so mad. And all you want is to always feel happy for them because you know that if you do, then it means that you're happy, too."

"It's just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life."

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

"I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where to go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

1 comment

  1. You write a very good review.
    I wish i could learn to write like you.