Saturday, October 28, 2006
108. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" ~ Stephen Chbosky
This is the Catcher in the Rye for my generation. Though Holden Caufield will always hold a special place in my heart.
Charlie narrates throughout the book in a series of letters to an unidentified person. A freshman "wallflower," he is befriended by (and here comes the "Breakfast Club"-like categories) a beauty, an emo girl, a feminist, and the token gay guy. Drugs, alcohol, sex, parties ensue.
Published by MTV originally, it is obviously meant for a certain Gen X audience. The ones who memorized lyrics by The Clash or were the first to pierce their lips or eyebrows.
If not of this generation, would you appreciate this book? Probably not. The writing is decent, but not spectacular. The theme is familiar.
But I enjoyed reading it, plus it reminded me of all the music I missed.
3.25 out of 5.0 CpVos.
Posted by Kristin at 2:18 PM