Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

I have been wanting to read this book for a really long time, I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it! I think most book lovers have heard of this book, and probably have a good idea what it’s about. It is about Charlie, a wallflower, who is naturally inclined to observe rather than participate. Throughout the book Charlie makes attempts to get more involved, encouraged by his new group of friends.

This book covers various themes associated with adolescence. In tone and style it reminded me quite a bit of the Catcher in the Rye. It had very simple sentence structure, and the way that feelings and events were explained was very straightforward. I think this may have been a way to show some of Charlie’s naivety.

The book is written in letter format, each addressed ‘Dear Friend’. We never find out who the letters are written to, but I did wonder about this throughout. I don’t always like it when books are written in letters, but sometimes it can work well, such as in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Colour Purple. I think it works well in this case also.

I found the character of Charlie very endearing. I thought it was unusual how his response to upsetting things was to burst out crying, irregardless of if he was in a group of people. I don’t know how realistic this is, but it was interesting. We follow Charlie throughout a school year, as he goes through the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in an American high school.

I really enjoyed this book, and having finished it, I’m happy that I can finally watch the film!

Favourite quote? “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” That is the kind of quote that if I used Pinterest more often I’d want to find a little picture with this quote on. I think I may go and do that actually. IMG_1372


Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to a Friend. Top Ten Tuesdays.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesdays is about book recommendations. I have chosen to do my top ten about books I’d recommend to a friend. I’ve already recommended most of the books I’ve mentioned on the list to friends. I love chatting about books and getting recommendations. I urge anyone reading this blog to try any of these, and to let me know if you like them!

1. One Day, David Nicholls. This book is simply brilliant. I passed this on to quite a few friends so my copy looks very well-loved. This is one of those books where you force people to read it so you have someone to talk to about it, and constantly pester them asking which bit they are up to. I got very attached to the main characters, Dexter and Emma, and didn’t want to leave them at the end of the book.

2. The Colour Purple, Alice Walker.
This is a classic, and for very good reason. Everyone just has to read this book.

3. The Help, Kathryn Stockett. I read this just before the movie came out, and loved both.

4. The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. I stayed up extremely late reading this book, and I remember crying a little too hard throughout the last few chapters. It was amazing.

5. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn.
Wonderfully written, interesting structure and gripping throughout, an excellent who dunnit.

6. You Had Me at Hello, Mhairi McFarlane. Fairly light and funny. This would be perfect for a holiday. Particularly recommend this to any fellow Mancunians as it is set in Manchester.

7. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. This whole trilogy just grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It has it all. And of course, there’s a love triangle. I love all three of the books, and the last film was brilliant. I can not wait for the new film to come out, and have cinema tickets booked to see it! (3D Imax, too excited!).

8. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini.
Hosseini is a master story teller. It’s hard to put into words just how wonderful this novel is. The Kite Runner is also wonderful and nearly made this list. Unfortunately I don’t have an image of this book as I read a library copy.

9. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran. This book is awesome. Moran’s honesty and humour is fantastic. A must read.

10. You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney. This book is a bit different from the rest as it’s non-fiction. It is a psychology book, and comically explains that we are all a bit deluded. It’s very funny and will leave you with lots of fun facts to share, who doesn’t love a fun fact?

I’m really enjoying Top Ten Tuesdays so far! Looking forward to reading what books will be recommended on other peoples blogs.