The Perks of Being a Wallflower

53 Books That Will Definitely Make You Cry: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I read an article from Buzzfeed last September about books that can make you cry and the skeptic in me (who has had enough of unreliable listicles) wanted proof that it’s true! The first in the list is this book which I stayed away from for a long time because it became popular among the same group of people I know who adored the Twilight series. There’s a thing I live by: don’t trust book recommendations from anyone who actually believes that Stephenie Meyer is the best author ever. I was discussing doing this challenge with my brother, and he voiced out that TPOBAW really is a sad book. Challenge accepted.

SUMMARY

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

MY TWO CENTS

Yes, it is a sad book. Not enough to bring me to tears and seriously, WHERE THE FUCK DID THAT TWIST COME FROM? It’s like KA-BAM! here’s a plot twist for you to absorb in the last 10 pages of the book (not sure about the page count, I didn’t count though). To be completely honest, I feel like I could relate to him in a sense where I find it hard to make friends (the kind of friends that stick, I have no problem making acquaintances). And there were his moments of disconnect that is seriously a reflection of all the times I lived life like it’s just one stressful dream. But other than that, no tears came out.

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

RATING SYSTEM: (1 – I’m walking on sunshine, 5 – Give me some sweets to cheer me up!, 10 – I’m wearing sunglasses because of the sun and not because I cried my self to sleep *sniff sniff*)

TEARS: 5/10

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