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What I’ve Been Reading #46

Friday, April 11, 2014

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?