jueves, 13 de agosto de 2015

The perks of being a wallflower

Name: The perks of being a wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky.

Editorial: Alfaguara. (The cover of the book and the publisher are the ones that there are in Argentina)

Gender: Drama.

“The perks of being a wallflower” is novel written by Stephen Chbosky, published in 1999. It´s a story about the changes that implicates beginning high school, and in particular what it represents to the main character, how the people he chooses to bond with start changing the course of his life.

This is a book that I read a couple years ago, and when I finished it the first thig I thought was “it´s a shame that I didn´t read this book sooner when I was in high school”. Not because the story happens in that part of life, but because I would have appreciated it in other way.

It centers in Charlie´s life, a boy that begins high school. To the difficulty of beginning a new stage in life and wanting to meet new people, it´s added a shy personality and had gone through some very sad situations.

The text was written as letter for the reader, in where Charlie tells his daily situation at school, people that surround him, and he tells his secrets and deeper feelings. He meets Sam and Patrick, with whom he starts a friendship and starts to discover a new world that for him is unknown and changes his life.
Another person that has an influence in Charlie´s life is his literature teacher, he encourages him to express himself and read, and begin defining his future.

Throughout the text he will reveal stories of his life, his family and the relationship with them, how he is passing his first year of high school and how his life changes with the decisions that he made.

My "favorite" character is his literature professor Bill, which encourages Charlie to read several books that will guide him through the year. I would love to have a teacher like him as well, it´s a pity that not everyone has that inspiration to teach XD.

I would recommend it to anyone, but especially those in that "conflict" stage, the book has many advices and interesting views. It is a very good book about human relationships, learning and influences that one has (from a book to the advice of people).

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