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Friday, April 11, 2014

What I’ve Been Reading #46

This week I finished one book. I’m thinking with Passover being next week I may have a bit more reading time and I may have more books to share by next week – we’ll see!

“Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.” Taking place in the early ‘90s, The Perks of Being a Wallflower had pieces that reminded me of my own high school days. Charlie is a unique voice that really describes the feelings of being a new high school student with few friends and a lot of feelings. Charlie is lucky, because he does fall into a group of friends who supports him. He also has an English teacher who sees his potential and encourages him greatly. Charlie’s emotional issues are a bit of an enigma until later in the book, but when we find out what actually makes him the way he is, things become a bit more clear. It would definitely be interesting to find out what happens to him after the end of the book, as he is continuing high school without his best friends, who have now graduated and moved on to college without him. The topics in this book include sexuality, drug use, and family, all in a readable manner that make you feel like you are a part of Charlie’s world. I definitely enjoyed this quick read and recommend it to others!

Have you read anything good lately?

10 comments:

Janine Huldie said...

Totally read this one even before the movie was made and still have the book in my library. I did finally see the movie and while I enjoyed it the book was definitely so much better in my eyes :)

tamarsb said...

Wow - that sounds fascinating! This week with Pesach prep I haven't read at all, but I did finish a book last week which was very interesting!

Dara said...

that's awesome that you've read this one!

Dara said...

you would probably like this one!

Tamara Bowman said...

I'm reading a book called "Raney" right now. It's quite funny but I'm not into it fully. My heart isn't into it. Luckily it's a quick read.

Amber said...

I read that book too! I liked it.


Right now I'm reading Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. Before that I read Tempting Fate by Jane Green. Very good!

Dara said...

haven't heard of that one!

Dara said...

love Jodi Picoult!

Shoshanah G said...

I really enjoyed this one too! If I have one regret with it, it's that I didn't read it in high school, because as much as I loved it know, I think I would have loved it even more reading it back then!

Dara said...

I don't know if I would have liked it in high school...I definitely liked reading it and looking back on high school though!