Must Read: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

I am currently enjoying one of the best books I have ever read. It is called: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.

This book was recommended to me by a close friend, and I will be forever grateful for taking his advice and reading it. I am learning a lot from it.

I can’t tell you how great it is, but I can say once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop.

The book is about a 15 year old misfit named Charlie at the beginning of his sophomore year in high school. He’s trying to learn to “participate” in life, after his best friend commits suicide. He befriends a group of interesting older kids who support his individuality and love for writing, music, and poetry. They introduce him to partying, but they also respect his sensitivity. The book is told all in letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous stranger. In these letters he talks about his family, his friends, his experiences, and his complicated, often overwhelming, feelings about growing up. Eventually, his longtime crush tells him that he.. “can’t just sit there and put everybody’s life ahead of yours and think that counts as love.” And he slowly learns to be present in his life. In “showing up for life”, he experiences crazy situations that I won’t give away except to say his story contains bits and pieces of any reader’s experience. The novel’s style touches on various teenage topics, though a bit extreme at times, this book presents issues to which most any teenager can relate, but it does not dwell on the topics too much. This lack of focus is what makes the story seem so realistic and true to many teens who read it, including myself!

My favorite quotes from this book are:

So, 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 we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

AND “We accept the love we think we deserve.” The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

The book is commonly recommend for 15 year olds. If you are under the age of 14 and are wanting to read this book, just make sure to ask for your parents permission first, because it involve’s multiple grown up scenes and mild course language.

- Alli Simpson..xo

Must Read: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

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