by Maria on November 14, 2010Stephen Chbosky
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I really liked this book. The language is easy to understand, you don't need to know any terms, so it's coherent. The writing is sad, heartrending and funny. The whole book is made up of letters – written by the main character Charlie. He describes a maybe not usual teenager life.
The book presents us the life of a 15-year-old boy, who's name is Charlie. He's in the first class of the high-school. In this school year he writes letters to a fictitious person, that is the only one he can trust, because he lost his best friend (he killed himself). The written letters, that are sometimes long or short, give the reader many details of his amusing, as well as strict life. He finds new friends at the new school, goes on parties and has the same problems as every teeny. But Charlie is different – he's innocent. If you read it, you feel like he sees everything trough the eyes of a child. He's thinking about things about a normal 15-year-old would not spend any thought. So Charlie is disoriented by everything.
The problems of Charlie are manifold. They go about alcohol and drugs abuse, the first love, hetero- and homosexuality over trust and fidelity, as well as violence and abortion. Those issues provoke the reader, because they relate to actual ways of living of some young adults. The teller is searching for the alertness, exceptionally of young adults. At the end of the book, it comes out, that Charlie, when he was seven years old, was abused sexually by his meanwhile dead aunt and this left some psychical defects in Charlie. Pertaining to the title “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Charlie is the wallflower, that sees everything, but don't talk about anything.
Stephen Chbosky wants to actuate attention with his book. This book is written absolutely near to reality, because such cases unfortunately often happen in our world.
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