The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Finished reading on 12th November 2013
“The perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show, of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known ad grown up”
I picked up this book thinking that it’s a young-adult fiction with a quirky sense of humor. That’s what the impression I got when I skimmed through the reviews. But it turned to be a poignant story and reminded me of the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (It has no connection with the story, but may be the simple and same style of narration got me compare these two books).
Charlie, a 15 year old, is the central character of the story and story flows through a series of letters written by Charlie to an unknown person, describing the events happens in his life and the emotions he goes through. Charlie, as described by his friends, is a wallflower who struggles to participate in the world around him. Memories plays tricks on his temperament causing him to retreat further into his own shell. Eventually when the truth is discovered, I really like the reasoning he gives in the end. He assures his reader that he has moved on from the incident and there is actually no one to blame for the situation he is in. A Person can not decide where he is coming from, but he can make his own way and decide where to go from there. Its one of the best narrated books ever.
Charlie reads a series of books over the course of the story timeline. Though unlinked it goes without saying that, the characters he reads in that books someway or the other influences his thoughts or actions somewhere or the other. I like the following convo between Sam and Charlie. I always wonder how to describe a favorite book and it solved the mystery.
“How about your favorite book?”
“This side of the Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald”
“Because it was the last one I read.”
Though the book deals with a sensitive topic in an exceptional way, it has a plenty of quirky incidents splattered around the story to give you a laugh. It’s a young-adult growing up story indeed but from the perspective of a cute wallflower. So I guess at the end of the day I got what I asked for but from a different perspective. Good that it turned that way.