Next Up: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks of Being a WallflowerI hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend! I had a nice mix of family time, Andrew birthday festivities, and Memorial Day barbecuing with friends. Of course, in the world of Manhattan apartments, a “barbecue” involves a George Foreman and a grill pan instead of an actual barbecue. Still, the rooftop picnic was great.

I also spent the weekend reading a lot. Two flights in two days will do that to you. While I didn’t quite finish the book I’m reading now, I’m already looking ahead. I’ve decided that the next book from the list will be The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I figured it was about time. Maggie says I’ve been talking about the book since starting this project and Steph returned it to me this weekend so might as well!

Here’s what I’m in for:

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course 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.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

If nothing else, at least I’ll get to read the book before the movie comes out.


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