The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This book came to me.  Literally called out my name.  I shelved three different copies of it in one three-hour shift, so I figured it was fate and checked it out.  I did not know the reason behind its popularity until later in the day when I saw a twitter post saying that it will be made into a movie with Emma Watson.

I found this book to be a really easy read.  It is written in a sort of journal format.  I say sort of because the journal entries are supposed to be structured as letters the main character, Charlie, is writing to his “friend.”  Charlie is a freshman in high school, and this book tells the story of his adventures during his first year of high school.  Sometimes he kind of blathers on about life, goes off on tangents as awkward freshmen boys are wont to do.  Sometimes, what he’s writing about doesn’t make sense.  It makes you think, and wonder.  All qualities of a good read.

wall·flow·er (noun): a person who from shyness or unpopularity remains on the sidelines of a social activity; a shy or reserved person

Myself being a wallflower, here are the perks as I have observed, and that can be inferred from reading this book:

  • Above all, you have the power of really seeing people.  Charlie really gets and understand people, as he is sort of on the outside in most cases (that is, not in the thick of things), so he watches and observes a lot about people.  This in turn makes you more sympathetic towards others’ needs.
  • People confide in you, they trust you.  It’s probably because they know you wont be fickle and blabber their issues to someone else.
  • People assume you’re smarter.  As a wallflower, you’re always quietly observing and watching.  Because of this, people think you have excellent thinking and comprehension skills because when you do open your mouth, something well-formed and intelligent comes out.  In the case of the book, Charlie is actually quite intelligent, as is evidenced by his English teacher giving him special books to read and write reports on (like Catcher in the Rye, Separate Peace, This Side of Paradise, Naked Lunch, The Fountainhead, and To Kill a Mockingbird).

I really hope the movie lives up to the book, as some of the adventures are quite funny.  I look forward to seeing it, and maybe get some of those questions I had about things not making sense answered.

“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 to go from there.”


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