The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Publishing year: 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book about an introvert, freshman, Charlie. He is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. I fell in love with this book from the very first chapter because it is in form of a series of letter and I don’t know why but I have a really strong obsession with letters. I believe letters will never go out of style and they can give you best connection.
Charlie is a shy teenager without friends who is a freshman in high-school. He misses his best friend who had committed suicide. Charlie befriends Patrick and his stepsister Sam. Charlie wants to be a writer. He becomes favorite of his literature teacher, Mr. Anderson. He lends Charlie books to read. Sam and Patrick introduce Charlie to their friends and Charlie falls in love with Sam. Though He does not have any confidence to confess it. Charlie discovers a new world and feels happy with his friends. He dates their common friend Mary Elizabeth. When their relationship ended, Patrick asks Charlie to stay away from them for a while and that triggers his mental illness. He goes to the hospital where a doctor finally discloses the origin of his problem.
The story taught me few lessons that I will always remember.
1. Life goes on.
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
Things won’t always be as they are right now. Life goes on, and you may lose some people along the way. The people who want to stay will stay. Don’t worry much about life, It goes on anyway.
2. Don’t overthink.
“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
Thinking stops us from doing potentially idiotic things, but it can also stop us from doing amazing things. Don’t let your over analyzed thoughts stop you from living your life.
In case you can’t stop over thinking and need help click here.
3. Sometimes it’s okay to not be okay.
“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I am trying to figure out how that could be.”
It’s okay to be sad and cry if it’s needed. It’s okay to be angry and want to find a way to let out the aggression. It’s okay to be stressed about life sometimes, it happens. It’s okay to not know what is going on or not understand why something may be happening. It’s okay to not be okay.
Life is not just rainbows and roses. Just be patient and wait for your not-okay phase to fade away.
-We accept the love we think we deserve.
– You can’t just sit there and put everyone’s life ahead of yours and think that counts as love.
– I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a gift for which I will always be grateful to Stephan Chbosky. I am excited to read another book written by this author in future. This is one of my favorite books and I can re-read it over and over again and adore it just the same every time.
If you like this book too, meet me someday please and we can have a great discussion on it over coffee.
Btw, the book I am currently reading is a voyage for madmen.