Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Book)

I have to say this was a huge let down for me. I was really excited to read this book, especially as it had been hyped about and then made into a film (although I realised I just also described the Twilight series there). I had somehow avoided all spoilers, so much so I assumed Emma Watson would be playing the said wallflower.

I guess one of the reasons I was drawn to this book is because I would describe myself as a wallflower, but it is also a weakness of mine that I want to eliminate.

I couldn’t get myself into this book at all, in fact I abandoned it for a few weeks before I just rushed through to the end. The narration was thing that put me off, it felt like an extended conversation where I would have switched off a few letters in. The only interesting parts were when Patrick and Sam became involved in the story. I thought at 15 Charlie was very naïve for his age, and it felt it was more a 10 year old talking.

The book deals with many serious issues rape/abortion/suicide/substance abuse/molestation/abuse etc. But I felt they were all crammed into the pages to make an impact. By loosely mentioning them it felt like they were ticking off a list of how many issues they could mention in 200 pages. I didn’t feel any of them were really and truly explored.

Overall I would say it was a dramatic book, and maybe I’m missing something. But I don’t understand what all the hype is about it.

Annmarie xoxo


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