If there's one book that I've never heard of in my life it would be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I've never even heard of the author. I don't know, even, what he looks like.
I was recommended The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky by my editor and a few friends when they heard that I was going to start my own column called Kingett Reads.
Before I get into talking about the book however, I want to start talking about myself and my reading history. It's vast. It's massive. My shelves on Goodreads are a huge testament to this. I've always been a heavy reader and writer ever since I was in high school. I'd be the kid that the librarians expect. I'd be the kid, teenager, and now adult that stash books in my backpack. I'd be the person who would have a collection of books, enjoying the covers and just basking in the author's resonance. It's very rare that I don't know a book. I'd stash every kind of audio book imaginable from romance to mystery to science fiction. I love talking about books and what I find out about the book as I'm going. I wanted to do something like this for the longest time. I wanted to go on a literary journey, if you will and I wanted to take my readers with me. The ones who have read the book can giggle as I predict incorrectly, while the ones who have never read the book before can ponder with me, cry with me, and laugh with me as we take on this literary quest!
As I have said, the first book in the Kingett Reads column will be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I have absolutely no prior knowledge of the book so I'll start off by pondering about the title and synopsis!
First off, I really love the title. Already it gives me some great insight into the protagonist! I could be totally wrong and this title could be satirical. I don't know what the book is classified under so this will literally be a "blind reading"
I've been trying to figure out just who the protagonist is from the title. I can't really discern anything from the title but it does give me a hint to the conflict within. This book will deal a lot with internal conflict! The main character has a sudden realization that puts him or her light-years ahead of everyone else in their understanding of life. I just know it!
I've read the synopsis and I can't wait to get started with this book! The synopsis is very clear and it draws me. I particularly enjoy the way that the synopsis teases me, as if it, itself, is a big splotch of foreshadowing. If it is, I can't figure out what it means! I love this feeling! I feel like I'm Sherlock Holmes, invesigating books!
Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.
Whoa! Oh my god! Guys, this is some powerful stuff! I wonder why people think Charlie is a huge freak. The title implies that he's not much of a talker. He's a people watcher, I'm guessing. I can tell that this story is going to be about growing up but I hope that Stephen Chbosky will have a lot of themes woven into the main one. I know that this is such a cliché but I believe that the main theme of the book will be "don't judge a book by its cover." I'm certain, and I'm fervent! Even though I have a good idea of what the theme is, the characters look dashingly real and authentic. It makes me want to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and ask them what they like to do in their spare time. I'm excited! I can't wait to start chapter 1! I'll be interested to know what point of view this book will be in. in third person or first person. I do have a few predictions, however.
I believe that Charlie will get a girlfriend! Already he sounds cute so I'm assuming he falls in love in this book. He's 15! It's bound to happen!
There will be a family tragedy. I haven't quite mapped out the specifics yet but I'm guessing that the bond between Charlie and his sister will increase closer with a tragedy. I'm certain!
Charlie becomes a bad boy! I couldn't resist! I really don't think this will happen in the book but we'll see!
Charlie will become a hero in some way. It's almost like that story is hinting towards it, given the blurb on the back.
I'm totally excited! I can't wait to meet Charlie and begin chapter 1! Just from what I've seen in the blurb alone The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky will be a great read and that it will keep me guessing late into the night! Stay tuned, chapter 1 will be coming in two weeks! I'm anticipating meeting Charlie and even his sister. I want to see just who these kinds of people are and what kind of lives they lead. I want to meet these people. I'm thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to become a part of their lives! Chapter 1 coming soon!