Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Book Review

Mom and I went on a Mother-Daughter-Date the other day to go see "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (whatever you do, DON'T SEE IT!) and as a preview, we saw snippets of a movie coming out soon called "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". 
The trailer looks adorable and the preview indicated that it was based on a book. Since the trailer made us want to see it, I decided I would try to read the book before I saw it.

The next day I got it, interestingly enough from the high school "summer reading" table in Barnes & Noble. It's 210 pages and I read it all in 3 hours. Not because it's written poorly (it's actually written well from the point of view of a high school freshman) or anything like that, but I got sucked in and what else do you do at the beach when it's cloudy?

It's definitely a good read. I completely understand why a school would indicate it as a "summer reading" book. It's very similar to "Go Ask Alice" (which I am EXTREMELY familiar with--I wrote a HUGE paper on it last semester for a literature class I took!) since the book is a compilation of letters. I did enjoy the book but I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone other than high school/college students. I know it's a book my mom wouldn't really like and I wouldn't give it to anyone younger than college. 

Has anyone else read it? Did you school require it as summer reading? Are you excited to see the movie?



The Boarding School Prep said...

I've read it! I would only recommend it to high school and some college students too. It wasn't required reading; I just wanted to read it. I'm so excited for the movie!

Alyson Shields said...

I love that book!! It had been one of my friend's favorites for a long time and I finally got around to reading it this spring. It's pretty postmodern, so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys that kind of literature, high schooler or not! It's an easy read too, so I'd recommend it to a "Book Eater" too :)