This month I read The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. As a whole I would describe the book as interesting. I don’t want to say it was weird because what is normal? This book is written in the form of letters. The recipient is never actually revealed and the whole book is Charlie’s life story. He writes to a friend about his problems, feelings and experiences. He is a really emotional freshman who one day meets seniors, Patrick and Sam. These upper classmen help him to come out out his shell and “participate” in social events. As Charlie becomes more comfortable around his new friends you discover the traumatic past of his childhood.

I would say that I liked this book. At first I wasn’t sure whether or not I would read it all the way through but I decided to stick with it. When I was about half way through I thought to myself, “What’s the point of this book? Is there a plot line? Is there a climax?” Yet I decided to keep on reading. By the end I realized there was a point. I learned to always be you. Don’t try to please everyone without being happy yourself. Find friends who accept you the way you are and don’t pressure you into doing things for the benefit of themselves. Just sit back and enjoy the perks of being a wallflower.

Here are some of my best friends that I can always be myself around.

Have you seen this movie? If yes, did you like the movie or book better?Do you have friends that you can just be yourself around?

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Comment by Amy R. on April 8, 2013 at 6:56pm
Being yourself and surrounding yourself with people who accept you that way is the best thing you can do in life. I read this book too and had a hard time connecting with it at times, but by the end I'd seen why you had to just stick to it to understand why these little things- making new friends, dancing at a school dance, really talk into your siblings- make life worth every bad thing. Great revwiew, I love your pictures!
Comment by Courtney Balogh on April 25, 2013 at 7:32pm

Great blog! I have seen the movie and thought it complemented the book nicely because there were certain parts in the movie that I had not picked up from just reading the book.  I think being yourself is a really important aspect to living. Nice pictures!

Comment by Manthra Venkatakrishnan on April 27, 2013 at 7:16pm

Great Blog Jenna! I have heard a lot of buzz about this book and now is the first time that I have actually read something about it. The fact that it is written in the format of letters is really cool because not many books are written that way and it is a refreshing thing to see. Overall, I think it is a book that I am going to read soon.

Comment by Ellie Palmer on April 28, 2013 at 1:48pm

Great blog Jenna! I have not had the chance to read the book or watch the movie but I have been interested in it for some time now. The name of the book is so different and I have been curious as to what it is about. I agree that it is very important to stay true to yourself and always be yourself around your close friends! I think I'll read the book soon! 

Comment by Sam Yim on April 28, 2013 at 3:38pm

Glad you enjoyed the book Jenna! I actually finished reading the Perks of Being a Wallflower pretty recently, and it's one of my favorite books of all time. The same goes for the movie, both are great!

Comment by Josh Cho on April 28, 2013 at 3:54pm

I haven't even read the book or watched the movie but I really want to. I heard it's a really easy read and I also heard the book is fantastic. Guess I should give that a try soon...

Comment by Lauren Haman on April 28, 2013 at 7:37pm

Awesome blog, Jenna! I've been interested in reading this book for a while but a little unsure if I'd like it or not.  The moral of the story seems to be something quite important and moving.  I agree that it's important to always be yourself around people and find people who accept you for you.  This book is exemplifying the need to associate ourselves with friends you feel comfortable around and confide in.  I might need to check this out soon!

Comment by Katherine Benson on April 28, 2013 at 8:03pm

I loved both the book and the movie! In this case I actually saw the movie first, but I don't feel like it ruined any part of the book for me because the context in which the book it written is so different from how you see it i the movie. It's become one of my favorite books ever, and one of the things I liked so much about it was that it was so different. It wasn't a typical teen novel with a gushy romantic subplot and main focus of this amazing personal transformation. Yes, there was a romantic subplot, and yes, the main plot was a personal transformation, but there was nothing cliché about it. It didn't display anything  in a smooth, glossy, or even a slightly bumpy kind of way. It was all raw and real and put emphasis on parts of life and society we try not to think about.

Comment by Melanie D'Andrea on April 28, 2013 at 9:21pm

I thought both the movie and the book were great! This book is definitely on the strange side, but it is still a really interesting read. The only part I didn't like was how you mentioned that they never tell us who the recipient of the letters is. Its kind of disappointing, but oh well its still a great book! Nice blog Jenna!

Comment by Aarathi Subramanian on April 28, 2013 at 9:26pm

Love the picture Jenna! I loved this book so much, and I agree with you on the message of finding friends who accept you and being true to yourself. And as for the movie..oh my god...i love it so much. Great blog post Jen Jen!

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