The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallpaper | Awesome in Manila

"It's great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn't need a shoulder. What if they need the arms or something like that? You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things."

I found a copy of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower in my sister's pile of books and hesitated a little before deciding to take it on. I've heard about it (well, I've read in tweets and Facebook quotes) from some of my close friends - whose tastes in everything I trust, but all the other books in my sister's pile are telling me to pass because my sister and I like different things. Also, it's not in my reading list, which I should be prioritizing. (Well, I'm around 75% done with The Happiness Project and I just started with The Fight Club.)

I ended up finishing it in a week. It's so easy to read. Maybe because some of Charlie's observations are relatable, at least at some point. (Yes, "relatable".) Like when he said, "Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. And be who you are about them." I've been thinking something like that since I started watching The Walking Dead, coming across the character Dale. He's just always philosophical and Dr-Phil about things, which isn't really always helpful.

Also, I found Charlie comparable to Christopher of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Except that Charlie isn't autistic, he's just a shy and socially awkward 15-year-old entering high school. It must be the naivety in their tones. Both boys are charming and smart - the kind of smart that's non-academic and not in-your-face.

For a reason I can't wrap my head around, the book made me think of a few things I should do more while I'm young.

1. Make a mixtape.
2. Have an in-depth conversation about music.
3. Read more classics.
4. Watch more movies.

And other hipster things to do.

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  1. I like that book a lot. It mentions one of my favorite movies, Harold and Maude :)
    Haha also, that book is really... hipster! :))

  2. I loved this book! And I see that you've also read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which was equally great. :) You might like to check out John Green's work. Parang ganyan lang rin, young adults ang main characters. :)

  3. @Ela: I know! As I was reading it, I was thinking, hipsters would love this! And then I realized it may be too mainstream for them now.
    @Sandie: Can you suggest specific titles?

  4. Favorite ko yung Looking for Alaska :D

  5. Lol at the hipster comment.

    I really love this book. I hate that most of the things I love are related to hispters. =(

  6. Well, like my officemate said, "Hipsters gonna hip." (Also, would it hurt if I say you dress like them too? Hahaha. Although alam ko naman na hindi ka hipster, but a graduated art student.)

    1. Sigh. I have accepted the fact that I dress like some of them. But yeah, art/design students are more likely to be considered as hipsters. Oh wellz.

    2. Well, at least sayo bagay! :)

  7. eeeh since I really really liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, I think I'll have to give The Perks of Being a Wallflower a try :)

  8. I saw this book in the stands of a local bookstore months ago. I didn`t buy it that time cos I was financially incapable. Pero nung binalikan ko less than a week after out of stock na. Badtrip talaga! It surprised me cos medyo pricey yung book - P885 yata yun pero naubos agad. Til now di na sila naglalabas ng stock. :(

    1. anywhere? Nakakita ako dati sa isang Powerbooks, and it's just around P300-P400. :)


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