Read an epistolary novel, which is a book written in letters, emails, diary entries or other documents - for one of my challenges. I usually avoid this style of book. But I wanted to complete this challenge. I bought this book for my younger daughter awhile ago and she has been bugging me to read it.
This story is told through letters from Charlie to a friend. It starts in 1991 which is the year Charlie is in 9th grade. For some reason he has no friends until he meets Sam and Patrick, who are seniors. They bring him into their lives. But there is something not right about Charlie. He is uncertain on how he is supposed to act or react to situations. He dates a girl but does not know how to relate to her. Something happened in his life but what is it? His English teacher is giving him books to read and asking for him to write reports about them. So Charlie is very smart but something is missing.
I did not want to like this book but I did. I felt so bad for Charlie and the other kids. I loved how they would go to Rocky Horror every Friday night. That made me remember doing the same thing years earlier! Every high school kid should read this and maybe they would see that people are not always what they seem. Some of the subject matter may be objectionable to some.
Charlie is a freshman.
And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix 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. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. 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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
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