Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The BBC



No no no, not that BBC.  This BBC, better known as: Blogger Book Club!


I love to read.  Have I mentioned that? Perhaps a few times.  So it only made sense that I would join a super awesome Blogger Book Club!

The book of the month was: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


Ohhh.. this book.  I honestly wasn't a big fan.  But let me tell you a bit about it first... and be warned that there are a lot of spoilers in this review, so if you plan on reading the book, you may want to skip this post.

The main character is Charlie, a young high school kid who is a bit of an outsider.  The book is told from the perspective of Charlie, writing letters to someone he doesn't really know, and we never find out who that person is. Which I kind of like, actually.

Charlie is an extremely intelligent teen, who loves to read, and is encouraged by his English teacher to read books and write essays outside of class.  He also seems to have a strong connection with music and enjoyed making mix tapes and such for his friends. I loved these things about him, it just seems like a totally nerdy (in a good way) thing that I loved doing growing up. I also really loved a particular scene where he goes to lunch with his teacher and the teacher's girlfriend and seems to really thrive under the teacher's praise.

But Charlie must be one of the most unluckiest kids in the universe because there are so many crazy, dramatic, intense, heart-breaking things that happen to him and his friends all in the span of a year (again, spoilers, I'm serious!):

-His friend commits suicide.
-His sister's boyfriend is physically abusive.
-His sister has an abortion.
-His gay friend is having a secret relationship with the quarterback of the football team who is having a hard time coming to terms with his own sexuality (to say the least!)
-His other friend, whom he is desperately in love with, has a boyfriend who has cheated on her throughout their entire relationship.
-He is a witness to a rape at a party.
-He is a victim of molestation (as a boy), but only recently re-discovers those memories and has a mental breakdown requiring hospitalization.
-He uses drugs frequently to cope with his life.

I mean, the list GOES ON!  Come on, people.


I get the attraction to this book, the darkness or whatever, but can a dude catch a break??? Wow.  And I know that not every book is puppies and rainbows, but I tend to veer more towards stories that are a bit more uplifting, entertaining, funny - rather than utterly depressing. And I know that all of these things are super serious issues and that there are plenty of teens out there who have experienced a lot of them in their lives... but it's just not something I really care to read about. Maybe because I have 2 boys and I worry about what might happen to them when they get to high school.  Ugh.

Anyway, so, with all of that being said, I give this book a D-.

Have you read it?  Are you planning to see the movie?  Tell me your thoughts! 

Ciao!


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking up! I totally agree! Maybe it's just that I want a happy ending...lol...it doesnt have to be alll happy endings, but asomething to make me smile once in a while would be nice! Like, i was excited when things were finally happening for him and sam and then BOOM flashbacks!

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  2. Wow. I'm glad I wasn't the only one. Everyone raved about this book to me, but I found it to be torture. I mean, he was just such a strange character to me. He cried constantly and at the drop of a hat. He didn't even know he was watching someone being raped. I wondered if this was a book about autism? I would have liked it if the author would have pointed it out, but I was just confused to make that decision on my own. I thought his friends were terrible friends. And then the end?! To just drop a bomb like that and say The End. Seriously, So glad to find someone else who disliked it too. lol
    And if you do like books a lot, I host a book chat every Thursday. It's not an assigned reading like a book club but we just talk about specific book-related prompts every Thursday. Would love to have you :)

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  3. I have always wanted to read this book! But I won't now. That does sound very depressing. But then again I've read 4 books by Ellen Hopkins (young adult) and her books are a lot like this. Maybe I'll just watch the movie. Lol

    Thanks for this review!!

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  4. THANK YOU! This was exactly how I felt reading this book, I was looking forward to something with at LEAST an okay ending. Not, I finally kissed my dream girl, and then had a mental breakdown that was confusing for the reader to follow because my beloved Aunt molested me as a child.

    When I finished the book I just tossed it aside. What a waste of time, really.

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  5. Wow! Sounds like an intense book! Not sure I'll be reading...or watching! But the Blogger Book Club sound fun. I'll have to check it out! Oh, and I got to 20 followers yesterday! Yay!!

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  6. I kind of liked the book. Not sure why, but I did! Going to see the movie on Sunday with my sister (who is a HUGE fan). That's okay that we have differing feelings, though! That's the point of opinions :) Thanks for sharing your view!

    Sara
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  7. Whew, I was going to pick this up from the library and you just saved me from a HUGE disappointment!

    I wanted to thank you for your kind comment; it meant the world to me!

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  8. Thanks for linking up for the book club! So excited to get to know you. And P.S. I'm glad someone else's review just solidified that I really should ahve only seen the movie.

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  9. I loved the movie, I haven't read the book but I am planning to, from what you said there a quite a few bits in the book that aren't in the film (abortion/rape.)

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  10. So glad I wasn't the only one. Actually, this seemed to be the general consensus I think. Anyway, thanks for linking up and participating, Mia!!

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  11. Ahhhh!!! Okay, I was intrigued, but I might have to steer clear. Eek!! Thanks for the heads-up!! And of course, thank you so much for linking up to Nibbles and Novels!
    ~April

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  12. i liked it and really didn't find it that depressing... more real. i plan to see the movie!

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