Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I read most of it last night and finished it up this morning.  I loved the book, mostly the writing.

The story is odd...but good.  A coming of age story.  

Charlie is at the end of his middle school year and is just entering high school.  The narrative is in letter form (to an unknown recipient).  The character of Charlie is interesting because his voice is stilted, young and there is something odd about his thought process.  Is he autistic?  He sounds autistic or in some chapters too young to be the age portrayed or in some cases too old.  He sounds damaged.  The level of detachment is high, very high. 

As a freshman he is befriended by seniors.  Implausible to me.  But I hung in there because Charlie is such a mystery.

There is suicide, drug use, psychiatrists, alcohol, sex, sex abuse, violence, teenage angst and gay issues in this book.  

I really liked the book despite the feeling that the group of friends were far too old to be so nice and accomodating to someone so young and odd. 

A very fast read. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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