The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: Recorded Books (August 2012)
Audio Source: Personal Library
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: audio book
Narrated by: Noah Galvin
Running Time: 6 hours 23 minutes
Synopsis from Goodreads: This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
CAUTION- SOME PORTIONS OF MY THOUGHTS MAY BE CONSIDERED SPOILERS
My thoughts: It’s not often that I write a review in which I can’t point to at least one appealing part of a novel. In all honesty, I’ve wavered about writing this one for a couple of months. Many people have raved about this book and I can’t figure out why. In all honesty, I only finished it because it was so short. I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “I’ve already spent three hours on this, I might as well finish it.”
I know everyone’s high school experience is different, and even though I didn’t think so at the time, I was quite fortunate to have the experience that I did. The things that Charlie experiences just seem over the top for me to even comprehend. The revelation at the at the end of the story does lend a bit of explanation to his attitude and behavior, however if you aren’t truly committed to finishing the book for whatever reason you will never get there. I think there is a message hidden in there, but there is a lot of stuff to wade through in order to get to it..
I’m not sure audio is the best format for reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower as it is told through letters from Charlie. That being said, Noah Galvin does do an excellent job conveying all of the angst Charlie is exuding. It turns out, it was just too much angst for me.
If you are one of the people who loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower, please tell me what I’m missing?
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