The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thoughts tpobawfbysc The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books and Pocket Books 1999, 213 pages

I read the eBook on my iPad with the Kindle app and the very next day, rented the movie. I thought the casting was very good. In fact, Charlie’s words in the book seemed too young for his intellect but the movie character was very believable.

I loved both.

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“I just wish that God or my parents or Sam or my sister or someone would just tell me what’s wrong with me. Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense. To make this all go away. And disappear. I know that’s wrong because it’s my responsibility, and I know that things get worse before they get better because that’s what my psychiatrist says, but this is a worse that feels too big.”  ~63% or page 141

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30 Responses to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”


  1. 1 Jennifer March 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I read this book for the first time recently. I wish I had read it years ago! I haven’t seen the movie yet but I really want to :)

  2. 3 Jeanne March 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I liked the movie a lot better than the book. When I read the book, I wondered if Charlie was autistic or something, at first. The actor who played him made the character more comprehensible.
    Also, there’s a great Tumblr meme based on the feeling infinite line from this book.

  3. 5 bermudaonion(Kathy) March 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I loved the movie so now I want to read the book.

  4. 7 Susan March 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I really want to see the movie. I think it might be tonight – thanks for your lovely review for reminding it’s on my list of movies to see!

    • 8 Care March 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

      Oh good! You’re welcome.

      I could wonder about how all this came together for me – the timing, I mean. I don’t know what triggered me to get the eBook and then on vacation, the hotel had TOO MANY movies I wanted to see but this one was available. Serendipity, I guess.

  5. 9 Chris March 3, 2013 at 3:26 am

    I love this book with every ounce of my soul!!! I still haven’t seen the movie because I have this perfect vision of it in my head…but I have a feeling they probably did a good job with it so I’ll probably end up seeing it eventually :)

    • 10 Care March 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

      Chris, I am positive that you were one of the first to suggest this needed to be on my tbr. And that was long ago. And when I saw the movie being made, I knew I had to get it. I am really not sure what made me choose this February to read it, finally, but I was quite moved by it.
      I think you’ll be OK with the movie. Just make sure you are in a good mood, an accepting mood, right? But really, it was well done.

  6. 11 lakesidemusing March 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Why have I never read this book? I know there’s a copy around here somewhere…

  7. 14 Lisa March 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I started this one a couple of years ago and then got waylaid by review books. Time to get back to it – maybe I’ll read it with Miss H.

    • 15 Care March 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Which reminds me that I need to tell my niece that I finally got around to this.
      Hope you enjoy it – would be a great one for a buddy read – lots to discuss.

  8. 16 aartichapati March 3, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I got this one from a banned books event but I haven’t read it yet. While I know everyone loves it, I feel like the whole drugs thing might turn me off. But maybe not! I shall never know until I try.

    • 17 Care March 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I can’t comment on that not ever thinking someone should or should not be sensitive to something, but imo, it wasn’t as casual or prominent – but I didn’t know to expect it, either. It was ‘there’. If that makes sense…

  9. 18 softdrink March 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I read this last month and adored it. But have I writeen a post about it? Noooo.

  10. 19 softdrink March 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Last month as in January, because I still think it’s February.

  11. 21 Sheila (Book Journey) March 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    LOVED the book and bought the movie – so so so good!

  12. 23 Debi March 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I have got to read this book!!! That quote alone just sort of ripped my heart apart.

  13. 25 Ti March 4, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I read the book for book club after someone in our club had been pestering us to read it for years. It was really good and nothing like what I expected. We all loved it for various reasons and of course, there was oodles to discuss. I’ve not seen the movie though.

    • 26 Care March 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I enjoyed the movie despite them finding one more teenage angst to throw in that was missing from the book. Or I didn’t remember it, maybe it was in the book. Still, I enjoyed the movie and was inspired to do so when my favorite movie website was bemoaning that they didn’t get Oscar recognition.

  14. 27 Melissa March 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    The movie, the book, I loved them both too!

    • 28 Care March 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

      It was such a treat to be able to see these back to back. Sort of like I did with Bleak House which I need to write up. I have a movie backlog to see of books I read because I knew there was to be a movie…

  15. 29 stacybuckeye March 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I want to read it and see it. I love the casting and I’ve heard only positive things about the book.


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