Monday, December 20, 2010
December 20, 2010
I am writing to you because I know you will listen and understand what I am trying to say. I picked up this book because a 9th grade student recommended it to me. It is a epistolary novel written to a unknown person by a 9th grade student named Charlie. Charlie is the youngest of three children and has suffered his share of tragedy. Charlie is tragically wonderful and unique. He will make your heart skip.
Truly this novel is very emotional, powerful and unique. Charlie wiggled his way into my heart and hasn't let go yet just like he did with the friends he acquired. The perks of being a wallflower is about Charlie's first experiences of high school, of falling in love, his first kiss, his first dance, his first time using drugs in the year 1991 and so much more.
According to urban dictionary.com a wallflower is:
a type of loner. seemingly shy folks who no one really knows. often some of the most interesting people if one actually talks to them. cute.
In high school, I was a total wallflower just like Charlie. I told my husband this and he agreed, I was definitely a wallflower. I was a really deep thinker, very shy and would often sit by myself at parties. I would still go to parties and like Charlie, I wanted to "participate" in life and I still do. Maybe that is why I love Charlie's character so much because he is so real to me. I think I have a crush on him.
Charlie has a special teacher named "Bill" who provides him with classic books about teenage boys. Bill encourages Charlie to "participate" and he takes that advice. This book is a testament to friendship and love. It is a novel about life and the importance of taking part in it regardless of your inner demons.
A movie is being adapted from the novel due to be released in 2011.
This poem is on page 70-71 in the book and it brought tears to my eyes. Still does.