Sunday, November 4, 2012

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky

This book has been on my rader for a long time. It is one I've thought about picking up, but just never did. When I heard it was being made into a movie with Emma Watson no less, I knew I needed to read the book. Finally, last week my nephew texted me to tell me we had to go see this movie and he would even go see it again with me I knew I needed to move it up my reading list. I am so glad I did. I started and finished it yesterday and absolutely loved it! Again, it is a very mature read so it would be best for high school students. This book is told through a series of letters written by Charlie to a 'friend'. Charlie is a very sensitive boy who is just about to start high school. He really has no friends since his closest friend committed suicide the previous year. He is scared of not fitting in, not finding a friend and being along. Charlie seems to feel things deeper than most boys at this age. He feels pretty alone at home too. His sister is more interested in being popular and his brother is a football star who is playing his first year at college. When high school starts, he really feels as though he doesn't belong until he meets Patrick and Sam who accept him for who he is and introduce him to a whole different group of people who are all happy to get to know him. The way Chbosky wrote this book through letters and revealing bits of Charlie's story as the book progreses was so brilliant. I was so wrapped up in Charlie, Patrick and Sam that I could not stop reading it. Now I have to find out where the movie is playing so I can go see it, I'm not sure I can wait for the DVD to come out.


  1. Kerry,

    I am at NCTE right now, and I was so excited because last night they had a special screening of the movie and then Chbosky was there for a Q&A and book signing (they even gave us each a free book). I had read it in high school right when it was released and had wanted to read it again as I heard people raving about it the last couple of years.

    The movie is so good. You will probably love it. I look forward to re-reading the book.

  2. That is so amazing! I sure wish I could go to NCTE- it sounds like a great experience. I can't believe I put off reading it for so long. I am really looking forward to the movie.
    Thanks for letting me know.