Paperback, 213 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by MTV Books and Pocket Books
Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way 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. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
Let's begin with some thoughtful quotes.
“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.”
“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”
“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
Those are just some things that came up in the book that made me stop, put the book down and just reflect. Stephen has the most brilliant brain, he seems to hold the answer to all of lifes question, his characters are well thought, and nothing that happens in the book happens without a reason. every chapter makes you just crawl under the blankets.
Chbosky seems like a person that studies everything around him, he describes relationships and put things into words in such a beautiful way,
Patrick to Charlie “He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” that is the way I would like to describe Stephen Chbosky.
You see, nothing really BAAAM happened in this book. Charlie was just living his life as well as he could. But he saw everything in a different way, and he was very honest in his letters, which made everything that happen't in the book quite interesting because Charlie was a real thinker. He got upset a lot, he cried, he loved, he was humble, and he put other people first. always first.
We got to see the world from a thinkers eyes.
but the best thing was that I truly felt like I was in Charlies head. Chbosky can do that to you, he knows the power words beholds.
The thing with Charlie is that you never know where he will end up.
He does and says the unexpected thing, but the more you think about the more logical his actions become.
Charlie thinks so much that his own thughts kind of takes over him.
This could be really scary, Charlie would say things that would make you close to tears, and not just him, but all the other characters were just as beautifully written. Every character was so unique, I came to really like Patrick because of his mental power. He didn't take crap, but in the end we are all human and a human can only bear as much as a human can bear.
~stay smart, stay chic