So far in the past two weeks we have read...
- Then Again, Maybe I Won't
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Seventeenth Summer
For yesterday we had to have The Perks of Being a Wallflower done, and I am only sad that I didn't read this book sooner. It was FANTASTIC. Seriously, so good.
The book is written in epistolary format and the narrator is Charlie, a high school freshman that doesn't "participate" and is described as a wallflower. Charlie is a little quirky, a little awkward and extremely smart. Except, he doesn't really realize anything positive about himself. He's not intelligent in an I'm-A-Nerd-And-I-Know-I'm-Smart cocky kind of way. He's more just floating through life, trying to survive and trying figure out where he belongs. Or, trying to "participate" like his favorite teacher encourages him to do.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There are many issues that teens today face that I found heartbreaking. Some issues are not explicit either. Sometimes when things I happen I found myself stopping and thinking, "did that really just happen?!" There is a lot left to the imagination here, and I really like that.
Since reading this book, I have looked up the movie trailer and I think it looks great.... but, I also think it's one of those movies where the book accompanies the movie. Similar to One Day, with that the movie and book complemented each other. I think it will be the same with Wallflowers. Also, the author is directing the movie, so ... if it's completely different, then he will have completely sold out and I will hate him. (Dramatic, eh?)
Bottom line, if you don't read the book before seeing the movie I will be seriously shaking my head at your idiocy.
This will be a great book to suggest for book clubs, and I'm definitely suggesting it for mine! Although I borrowed my copy from the library I am definitely going to be buying it soon. I can see myself rereading it, and I can also see myself encouraging students to read it. (If I can. It's a regularly banned book. Sad.)
Happy reading, everyone. I hope you had a great week!
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