“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot 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.” —Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and reviews about this Holden Caulfield-related book over the internet and it truly intrigues me to read it. I liked the The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger so I think I will like this one too. So last Saturday, my friends from High School and I decided to meet up for out book giving and we got each other these:

I am grateful to have those books especially Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Anyway, it’s about Charlie. Just Charlie. He is a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood and is starting his freshman year in High School and of course, he is totally nervous about it. So he decided to write letters addressed to a ‘friend’ about his struggle in high school life— how to make friends, experimenting with drugs, exploring of sexuality, family tensions, his thoughts about books and feelings about everything. With the help of people like his teacher Bill and friends, Sam and Patrick, and his family, he is able to surpass the depression that crawls in him, especially when every thing is too much to handle. And yes, he is ready to face sophomore year even though his senior friends are away in college.

I don’t know how to pull myself together about this book. I don’t how to feel but the fact the Charlie and I are connected in some ways dawned on me. Charlie reminds me of everything that I am (except the drugs and sex) and yes, this book made me cry, laugh and think of the thoughts that I once thought of too. It haunted me, you know. I was like crying/bawling and feeling depressed while reading it (especially the December 21 entry!). But the book is wonderful. The thing that I didn’t like was the end. I don’t know, I sort-of lost my respect on the book when I found out that—SPOILER ALERT— Charlie’s realization that his Aunt Helen did something to him every night. I can’t believe it. Just, no.

And, I don’t want to compare this one to The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger but I must say that Charlie reminds me of Holden Caulfield but a thoughtful and less-angst one. Anyway, both of these books are wonderful.

 

Book #7 for 2011

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Bookmarks: 4/5

My copy: Paperback; from Jasmin Kate

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