[Epub] ➟ The Perks of Being a Wallflower ➠ Stephen Chbosky – Peakpopa.info

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Standing On The Fringes Of Lifeoffers A Unique Perspective But There Comes A Time To Seewhat It Looks Like From The Dance FloorThis Haunting Novel About The Dilemma Of Passivity Vs Passion Marks The Stunning Debut Of A Provocative New Voice In Contemporary Fiction The Perks Of Being A WALLFLOWERThis Is The Story Of What It S Like To Grow Up In High School More Intimate Than A Diary, Charlie S Letters Are Singular And Unique, Hilarious And Devastating We May Not Know Where He Lives We May Not Know To Whom He Is Writing All We Know Is The World He Shares Caught Between Trying To Live His Life And Trying To Run From It Puts Him On A Strange Course Through Uncharted Territory The World Of First Dates And Mixed Tapes, Family Dramas And New Friends The World Of Sex, Drugs, And The Rocky Horror Picture Show, When All One Requires Is That The Perfect Song On That Perfect Drive To Feel InfiniteThrough Charlie, Stephen Chbosky Has Created A Deeply Affecting Coming Of Age Story, A Powerful Novel That Will Spirit You Back To Those Wild And Poignant Roller Coaster Days Known As Growing Up Back Cover I don t even think I can truly convey how much I loved this book other than to say it was entirely life changing and I m so upset it took me this long to read it. DISCLAIMER I did not like this book I am about to try to explain why that is so, here, in my own, personal review space I am critiqing this book, based on my own opinions, personal taste, experiences and perspective, criteria and standards for literary work It is entirely subjective, as I think all reviews, per definition, are.I mean no disrespect to the people who like this book, and who have found in it something of value You are as entitled to your own opinion, subjective readingexperience, and standards, as I am, and yours is just as valid And you have the same opportunity as me, to use your own review space, to clarify that We don t all have to agree One opinion isn t wrong and the other right they are both right, because it is personal.If you are a big fan of this book, and have difficulty in understanding or respecting people, who disagree with you, especially on issues that are important to you, I advice you not to read any further I will not be saying nice things about this book.A note regarding my own viewpoint I have a background in psychology and work in this field The knowledge that I have of some of the issues handled in this book, and the real people I ve met working in this field, of course affects how I view the book, and is actually one of the reasons I think, that the way this book was written isnt a very good approach to or description of some of these very real issues I want to underline that I look at Charlie as a written character, not a real person, and I value the book as a literary piece of work, not as a real life story To me, there is a huge difference between the two.That doesnt make my opinion any right it is only to explain where i am coming from Some of the things that matter most to me in books are prose writing style, storytelling and message It s one of the things that can make or break a book for me.In this case, the writing style just didn t work for me.It was just toolacking .Maybe it s the whole premise of the book, a story narrated by someone who is emotionally inhibited as Charlie, that didn t work for me Maybe, but it didn t have to be That issue and Charlie s character could have been explored and dealt with, literary, in other ways.The book could have had Charlie s narration interact with someone else s like an answer to the letters for example , or it could have been written in the 3rd person, maintaining Charlie s point of view, but also being able to draw in other views, and how they collide with Charlie s.I find it a bit concerning, that Chbosky wrote a book with so many serious issues like suicide, death, rape, social exclusion inclusion, relationship violence, abortion, drugs, homosexual adventures, childmolestation incest, parties, fights, without really dealing with any one of them in depth To have all of these issues crammed into one book, without giving it the time and place it deserves, I felt, was a huge fault Each one of these issues needs to be taken seriously, not pointed out on one page, just to be forgotten on the next If you are going to write about these things, write about it well, give it the space and the in depth exploration it deserves To make the reader care for these characters, for these issues, the author and the characters involved must care too I had a hard time stomaching that both Chbosky and the characters seemed to care so little, for something that is so very very real and so very very difficult, for so many people It was almost making a mockery of them, which was very off putting to me.The staccato writing and Charlie s detached narrating, made me feel detached as well.The story is written in a very plain, very dull, very simple language, with the same sentences reoccurring over and over eg ..I don t know why ,He she looked sadThe emotional description amounts to sad or happy.The portrayals of Charlie and everyone else in the story was so lacking that they felt like cardboard cutouts and simply came off as what they were made up characters in a fictional story and not a very good one at that if you ask me.The main character, Charlie, is 15, but comes off as much younger than that He seems very immature, like a 7 year old How a boy can live to be 15 in this time and age yes, I know it was written in the 1990 s but still, even then, masturbation was a wellknown phenomenon , without knowing of not practicing masturbation, is quite a wonder in itself.Charlie also cries a lot, which wouldn t be a problem, if it was nuancedly described I don t want to see read about just the surface tears I want to be taken behind the tears, into the pool they stem from, the pain they are a symptom of and maybe a release from I want the author to show me what these tears mean, I want to understand them, to be touched by them, to be moved with the ebb and flow of them In this case, that didn t happen The sentenceI he she started to cryalone, just doesn t stir much emotion in me Especially not when thrown about on every other page Then it just gets bothersome and tiring.It s not that I have an aversion to tears my own or others Crying is normal, and can be very healthy and soothing But when it comes to a literary work, I expect the author to give nuanced descriptions of feelings than just bucketful of tears Okay, so they are sad Very, very sad Very often Now, show me what that sadness does to someone, besides producing tears, tears, tears I am not interested in the tears alone The sadness is the root, the tears are a symptom Many people are filled with sadness, but don t produce many tears Sadness can overflow in many ways So the sadness is the key Which is why I was so disappointed that Chbosky never digged deeper than this very very thin surface All I got was tears And I wonder if all the crying came down to Chbosky simply not knowing how else to describe emotions, or how explore them.Much thought and debate has been given to the question why Charlie is, the way he is There is the fact that he suffered from childhood trauma, and then there is the question of whether or not Charlie might be autistic The latter is hinted at and up for interpretation, but never explicitly stated diagnosed.The autistic spectrum is a varied one, and it comes in many forms, very few fitting the standard, but classic rainman syndrome of a very intelligent but socially closed off person It s admirable to want to write about autism, a difficult diagnosis to live with, sure I just don t think Chbosky is doing autistic people any favors or justice with his depiction of Charlie as someone who might or might not be autistic.Again I must say if you are going to write about it, write about it with care Don t make it into a guessing game, but own it Don t glamorize or deride it, but show its many layers and nuances through the particulars and the concrete The same goes for the psychological trauma It wasn t given the care and attention it deserved It was left at the end as an easy way out, like hey, he suffered suffers from this and so i m excused for writing a terribly boring book.No.Whatever made Charlie the way he is, it doesn t compensate for how the story was written and pulled off.To me, it s really besides the point, since I don t base my rating review on pity for a character.SO whether Charlie has any form of autism or not, doesn t really matter, because I thought he and the story was very poorly written and let me be clear about this It s not the disorder I have a problem with, it s the writing of it.Note November, 2013 I recently saw the movie, and thought it was better than the book.Maybe because it fixed some of the issues I had with the book, like it left some of the drama llama out and it wasn t as heavily centered on Charlie s narration and perspective, and emotions and reactions was expressed through expressions instead of just bad writing Different type of media different possibilities For this story, i think movie worked better than writing. If, like me, you lurk on frequent tumblr, you will have realised that there is only so far you can scroll before you hit something like this Stephen Chbosky s epistolary novel has something of a cult following, and the quotes that litter the internet seem almost anthemic, given the passion with which they are re blogged, quoted, slapped across artfully light leaked photographs and liked A generation appears to have adopted The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and by extension it s narrator Charlie, as a sort of symbol of the experience of adolescence Frequently criticised and challenged, Perks seems to offer its devoted fans a sense of connection, of understanding, of honesty about things left unspoken, or whispered behind hands and closed doors This book speaks to the sense of alienation that many teens experience, the questions of who they are and where they belong Charlie has become a response to and I mean no disrespect by this, as I was am a voice in this a collective, plaintive cry of nobody understands me.It also seems to have become an unofficial badge of hipsterism, and therein lies the reason for my cautious view spoiler okay, biased hide spoiler Wallflower noun a shy or retiring person who remains unnoticed at social events, especially a woman without a dance partner I decided to read this book not because there was going to be a movie coming out soon.It one of the reasons but then again it wasn t the main one.I wanted to read it because the word wallflower caught my attention.I was a wallflower.I was not one of those kids people notice immediately.I was one of those people who blends in very well that I was no longer noticeable.I was a nobody.I was one of those uncool kids back in high school that almost no one spoke to because I always kept to myself.I was insecure.I was scared that if I try to talk no one would listen.Actually I think I still am even though I am already working.I am still a nobody here.I have a couple of friends but it seems like no one really knows who I really am because I never let them find out who I really was.They know my name and a couple of unimportant things but I think that s about it.They don t really care about the things I like, the things that make me cry, the things that make me smile.I was just another person they knew by name but never really knew at all.Perks of Being a Wallflower has to be one of the books that I could relate to.It was very insightful and poignant that in most part of this book I felt like it was me writing those letters.Charlie the main character and I don t have very much in common but still I found myself relating to his situation almost all throughout the book.I was not as introverted nor was I as smart as he was but there was something about how the author wrote him that you ll start to see the world through his eyes.You ll see how innocent and pure his outlook was in life.Charlie wasn t normal and he knew it.He was struggling after the death of his favorite Aunt.He tried his best to participate but there is still this part of him that would be locked away from everyone else.Charlie was a freshman and he still has a lot of things to learn.Hanging out with Patrick and Sam who were both seniors exposed him to a lot of things he wasn t used to like smoking, drinking, making out those sort of stuff.His letters mirrors the experience or the things we went through during his first year in high school.As I was saying earlier I loved this book a lot because I related much with not only the character but with the whole story.We may not be like Charlie but the things he went through in high school were something almost everyone went through.I didn t do drugs nor did I smoke a lot when I was in high school.But some kids were motivated in doing so by peer pressure but in Charlie s case I think it was of curiosity rather than peer pressure.This book showed us how a special kid like Charlie would cope with being in high school and overcoming the problems he would encounter as he goes along.Another thing I loved about this book was how it was written.Though it was written back in the 90 s when you read it, you ll get this impression that it was just written recently in a 90 s setting.This book was transcend time.When you read it probably in the next 10 years you would still be able to relate to it.There were a lot of good quotations in this book but one really stood out for me So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons And maybe we ll never know most of them But even if we don t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there We can still do things And we can try to feel okay about them.We are all different.We are also all the same.Most of us may not be as smart as Charlie or as popular as Brad who I think was an a hole but all of us can still make a difference.We may be experiencing troubles right now but that could change based on the decisions or choices that we would make.I don t think this is much of a review but of a rant.Sorry my dear readers if this review disappointed you but I kind of like sharing my thoughts about a book that I really connected with.This book was one of them.I give this book 5 wonderful glittery stars

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