It's that time again, the last Friday of the month, when all of us Book Club Bloggers state our piece about whatever book we read this month. The wonderful Charlotte over at "The Daily Snapshot" runs the book club and this year we are diving into the world of BANNED BOOKS! It's quite an exciting world so far, if I do say so myself. If you love to read you can find the list of this years books HERE.
This month we dove into the deep question, what are "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower"? This novel by Stephen Chbosky takes a look into the life of Charlie as he navigates his first year of high school in 1991. This book is a series of letters to an unknown source, sent by Charlie. Somehow, Scbosky manages to pull you into the story by making you feel that YOU were the one the letters where intended for. I think this is why as a reader I connected with Charlie so well.
I would be lying if I said that I didn't know why this book has been banned. Charlie takes you on a journey. In this journey he is introduced to things like drugs, sex, homosexuality and, on top of all that, dealing with a friends suicide, right off the bat. Though, I think a few parts could have been toned down a bit, it's all a huge part of the story. It all happens, whether or not you choose to participate in it or not, it's all there and in your face. That being said it was the tone that Charlie used to tell us about his life, friends and misadventures that softens the situations. Sometimes he makes you laugh, cringe or want to give him a HUGE hug!
It's kind of wonderful how you are able to experience Charlie in all of his friendship/relationships without them seeming one sided. I think that is only pulled off well, because as we all know Charlie is an observer. And he tells us everything he sees, and he sees a lot more than anyone else would have. Though his friends are all seniors, he thrives in the setting, he's an old soul. His love of music a books also showed that he is touched by what others put hard work into. The fact that so many of the gifts he gives are made from music and books, shows just how much he loves them.
No matter what, there is always this feeling that something isn't quite right with Charlie. But unlike Holden in "The Catcher And The Rye", Charlie lives life to the fullest, or at least as full as he possibly can. Yes, he does seem to fall into a panic out of the blue at times, but I believe the end of the book answers the question of why Charlie is like this. I love how the bomb didn't drop till the very end of the book. How one little encounter brought everything from Charlie's past flooding back, which allowed him to begin the healing process. (I won't say what happened, in case you haven't read it). I was shocked for him. It was a fantastic way to end the book.
I didn't really want to leave Charlie in the end, I wanted to know what else happens to him. If he and Sam got together and got married and if Patrick ever found true love? And if they would have had a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" themed, double wedding? How cool would that be?
I'm also linking up with Heather here for "Book Club Friday":