The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Finished reading the book ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ in a day, thanks to the weather. Throughout the story, Charlie, who is fifteen when started writing his “diary,” narrated his life through a stroke of a pen. I guess Charlie wrote the letters to me (or to those who have read the book).

In the said book, Charlie was described as a ‘Wallflower.’ He sees everything, he’s just quiet but he also listens. Most of the time, he is just go with the flow. He didn’t interrupt his friend Patrick for kissing him, knowing they are both men. He said he is just being a nice friend, but to Sam, he isn’t. Enough. No more spoiler alert. I will just share some of my favorite lines in the book, all written/spoken by Charlie The Wallflower:

“I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is. And I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera.”

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

“But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

For this part, the story below was told by Charlie’s doctor on life:

“There was this one part where the main character, who is this architect, is sitting on a boat with his best friend, who is a newspaper tycoon. And the newspaper tycoon says that the architect is a very cold man. The architect replies that if the boat were sinking, and there was only room in the lifeboat for one person, he would gladly give up his life for the newspaper tycoon. And then he says something like this …

“I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.”

Something like that. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people.”

MOVIE ADAPTATION. After reading the book, I immediately watched the movie. In fairness to the movie adaptation, they did it fine. Of course the movie was incomplete but they managed to cater the story.


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