Monday, July 9, 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I was torn while reading it because I love epistolary novels and found Wallflower to be full of interesting quotes, yet I didn't think the writing was amazing and I found the main character, Charlie, to be bizarre. I understand that the point of the novel is his alienation and passive approach to life, but I also found his simplicity and innocence to be worrying. Author Stephen Chbosky doesn't say that Charlie is autistic, but I think that he has to be somewhere on the spectrum. Unfortunately, Charlie never feels real to me, or like a character with whom I can connect.
Still, there are those beautiful quotes, like, "Maybe these are my glory days, and I'm not even realizing it because they don't involve a ball." I could also really relate to Charlie thinking about his teachers, "It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report on top of that." I'm a good listener, so I know much of the drama surrounding my students, and I realize that my vocabulary lists won't be remembered in a few years. That's why I like focusing on the big ideas, which leave more of a residue. (Not that I'm recommending this book for middle school students...it is way too mature for them.)
I'll see the movie, because of Emma Watson and because I am curious about how they will take the topics of the novel (lots of drug use, plus various forms of consensual and non-consensual sex) and edit them to receive a PG-13 rating. Still, I won't be re-reading the novel, nor recommending it to other fans of YA literature.
Posted by Miss K at 12:00 AM