Well, hello there. You know, there are a ton of great reasons why having a blog partner is awesome. There is always someone to geek out with. When you get a little tired or busy, they are around to catch you up and keep things running. As far as book blogging goes: you can read twice the amount of books (which is great for us and also great for our readers). But as our first year in this community comes to a close, Magan and I are finding ourselves going back and re-reading some old favorites or taking time to check out the titles the other has raved over.
And that’s where this feature comes in.
Basically, when it strikes our fancy, we will be popping up with a mini refresher of a book we have reviewed in the past, and bring it to your attention again with a quick review!
So now that we got that out of the way… up first for this feature:
the perks of being a wallflower.
Now Magan first reviewed Perks in November of 2011 saying she “adapted quickly to Charlie’s scattered storytelling ways” and singing the praises of the supporting characters — “their nurturing of Charlie is what made me love them most.” Eleven months later, Perks has hit the theaters with promising reviews and I decided to give it a re-read before I see it on the big screen.
I first read Perks back in high school, and picked it up last in 2009. It’s one of those great stories, like Harry Potter almost, where I love the story but I forget so many of the little details that made it great. This time around, I read it in nearly a day and found myself picking and choosing a ton of quotable moments to easily have at my disposal.
Charlie is just an observer, trying to figure out his freshman year of high school, making new friends, getting great extracurricular attention from a cool English teacher, and dealing with drama at home. He is one of those rare characters who can be so full of wisdom sometimes, but on the other hand, completely naive to others.
After watching a ton of the trailers from the movie, I was most struck with how dark and serious Perks is. The trailer made the story seem a bit more upbeat, and when I finished, I grew worried that the movie wouldn’t pack the same punch. While still hopeful and fun at points, there are so many layers to Charlie’s story that I’m still not entirely sure how that would translate on screen. (It is good to know that author Stephen Chbosky did write the screenplay… although he also wrote the screenplay for the movie Rent, based on the musical, and I wasn’t too big of a fan of that.)
It’s amazing — it’s been 13 years since Perks has been published and it’s still so widely read and most importantly, widely relatable. Even after all the time that has passed since I read it the first time, I’m still enchanted and bewildered by Charlie and want just as badly to be as his friend as I did when I met him initially.
“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
“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.”