Friday 23 November 2012

book review - the perks of being a wallflower

I'd completely forgotten about the whole book review thing that I'm doing on my blog - in fact the only review I've done so far was of the Maze Runner trilogy. Truthfully, I haven't been reading as much, but this past week I've experienced some very long train journeys, which gave me the time to read this book. 
 I bought The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky a while ago, when I saw it in Waterstones (I could spend countless hours in that store) and I was reminded of how many times I'd heard it mentioned to me. Also, a film adaptation of the book has recently been released, and a book that gets that famous has to be pretty damn good, right? Whilst I was in Waterstones I spotted they had another version of the book with the cover of it displaying a scene from the movie - I passed on that, I personally think that the version I own is much prettier. It's a fairly thin book, I managed to finish it in three days (although those train journeys were very long).
The book is set out in letters to you, a "friend" that the writer of the letters, Charlie, doesn't know - this is explained on the first page so as soon as you start reading you know what's going on. The letters document what's happening in Charlie's life, starting off with his first day at high school. Charlie is a very shy person, and so the majority of the book is taken up by him making friends and the experiences he has with them, as well as what's going on in his family, I'm not usually into books without a thrilling plot as I think that I simply won't find them as interesting, I'm definitely going to have to rethink that theory.
The end is certainly rather shocking but very satisfying too, in the way that you aren't left feeling that the book tapered off to an end but instead finished with a bang.
The book itself is written brilliantly, and definitely is a page-turner and I highly recommend it.

Here's a link to buy the book with the same cover as mine at Waterstones for £4.89 with free UK delivery.
And here's a link to buy the book with a different cover on Amazon - £4.71 plus delivery (there's cheaper ones in the used and new section) and a link to buy the book from Waterstones for £5.35 with free UK delivery.

Oooh so many options oooh.
And just because sometimes I go a little crazy whilst editing my photos - 

Have you read the book or seen the film?


  1. haven't read this yet but it sounds great :)

    Georgia x

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  2. Ive always wanted to read this the book looks great!:)

  3. This is one of those books that I've been meaning to read for years but never have. I always have to read books before watching the films, as otherwise you see the characters at the actors in the film and I think it kind of takes away from the book a a bit - they always miss bits out in films, so when you read about them you just think 'well that wasn't in the film' rather than taking in what it really means. But that said, I also hate watching the films after reading the books, as it completely ruins it - I loved the book 'One Day', but got so annoyed with the film. I mean, Anne Hathaway as Emma!? SO far off the mark. Not sure if you've read it, but anyway.
    Mel xx

    1. i feel your pain, there are so many books that i've ruined by watching the film - i've made a concious decision to not see the film first if i want to read the book, but then if i re-read the books post-film i still feel let down, the hunger games is a prime example of this. i mean the film was good, but nowhere near as good as the books were.
      i haven't read one day, thanks for the recommendation!