August 28, 2009

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Date Started: August 24, 2009/Date Finished: August 28, 2009

Summary: Charlie is writing letters to an unknown person. He's afraid of starting high school. Soon he meets two friends, Sam and Patrick, and learns to grow up. After a while, a repressed memory of his Aunt Helen reminds him of something tragic that happened to him as a child.

Likes: The writing is solid and enjoyable. It's short and to the point and I can imagine the characters very clearly in my head. The story takes place in the early 90's and some of the things they are discussing are nostalgic of the time. Some of the characters don't have names but the people that are important to Charlie are mentioned. It's a fun read to see what kind of trouble Charlie and his friends get into. It's also interesting to read about his panic attacks. He's an odd character, the type of guy who would kick ass and cry about it afterward. He feels like a real character with quirks and flaws.

Dislikes: The ending was strange, it wasn't good or bad, or even surprising, but just odd. It didn't sound like it was leading up to that. I guess I need some more hints, though in retrospect, I guess they were there all along, but since you don't know why he's dwelling on certain things.

Overall: I like the writing. It inspired me to write some bonus stories in this format, it's a really good way to get into a characters head. =)

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