Every time I would have the chance to go to a mall, I would always drop by a bookstore to find “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. I also entered numerous book-sale shops to ask about the existence of this book. I even took the effort of calling all bookstores listed on the yellow pages to inquire its availability. When all attempts were made, I had no choice but to order for the shipment of a copy from USA via Powerbooks – pay a considerable amount (reservation fee included) and waited patiently for the notification that it was already available for pickup.
It took me months to finally got hold of this elusive book. Upon opening the package I was surprised that it was such a small thin paperback. It only took me two short nights to finish reading it.
I hate to say it but the story was a big disappointment. Though I do not consider myself to be one wallflower, I was not able to relate to the main character, Charlie. Or, I was too much of a wallflower during my adolescent days (like the age of Charlie in the story) that I know what it was to be one and I wonder why he was like what he was in the story. I believe everyone got at least a single gene of being a wallflower that would enable to correlate with the main character. Unfortunately, I did not!
It was not worth all the sweat, blood and spit of searching for it. I personally do not believe that the main character was a wallflower. A wallflower is somebody boring, unadventurous, geeky, introverted and with uptight moral fiber due to being shy and meek. However, Charlie an adolescent in his freshman year is somebody who is weird but not a wallflower. Charlie in the story had sexual experience, attended parties (and was even an exciting wild figure in one), did drugs and had cool Senior high school students as close friends – an unlikely characteristics of a wallflower. It is rare for a freshman – a wallflower at that – to have friends already in their senior year in high school.
The only good thing about the book was the title. Now I know why this book is no longer available in the market.
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