Good morning! This morning I am going to be doing a book review on what I presume would be considered a cult classic. I had never read The Perks of Being a Wallflower nor had seen the movie. I still haven’t seen the movie and I don’t know that I am really interested in seeing it after having read the book. This review may end up being a little all over the place, but I think as you read it you will see why. I apologize in advance for that though.
As always, you can get a full description of the book HERE.
I have to say- I don’t really know how I feel about this book. I feel very torn as to whether I actually like it or not. I was very excited to read this novel because of the writing style. The novel is written as letters from Charlie to an unnamed unknown character and I typically love that style of novel.
I am not sure if it is the content of the novel, the issues that our main character deals with so intimately, that made me a little uncomfortable with the novel only being written with letters. I felt like the issues were not able to be dealt with accurately and really allow both the main character and the reader delve into the issue and work through it together. For the most part, we see the issue, but they are mostly just glazed over (in my opinion).
I wonder if maybe Chbosky intentionally did this to help spark conversations in regards to the issues that are presented in the book. I feel that as a reader you do not really get an opportunity to do much more than read the book as the unknown person that Charlie is writing to and I find that with that, you don’t really get a chance to explore the topics with him so ultimately you have to do some reflection on your own.
Overall, I am torn about this novel as I really want to enjoy it, but I find that the way the story and issues are written, cause me to have some issues. I feel very torn about it. Have you read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I would love to hear your thoughts!