Posted by: Mish | March 19, 2009

A Wallflower Caught My Eye

It’s the color that drew me towards it, that lemony-limey brightness lying there in a basket. As I peered closer, I noticed smudges and paint on the minimalist cover and then the title sans capitalization, the perks of being a wallflower. Intrigued, I read the back cover:

“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. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction. 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 unchartered 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 feel infinite.”

I figured I’d let it follow me home, if anything I can always bring it back to the freecycle basket at my local co-op. I glanced at reviews for Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age tale, which varied from beautiful and inspiring to droning and over emotional. I tend to take heavily publicized reviews with a larger dose of salt and prefer personally inquiring about books and discussing them. So if anyone has read the perks of being a wallflower or Pieces, what are your thoughts about them and Chbosky’s writing?

When or if I’ll actually get to this piece of young adult reading is hard to say. My reading queue changes like the winds and I’d like to get to some of the books that have been waiting semi-patiently on their shelves. What comes next also depends on how I feel after Ursula Le Guin’s the Lathe of Heaven, which I’m half-way through and liking tremendously. It’s intensely thought provoking and somewhat scary. By the end I just might want some comic relief and something a little lighter. Eh, I’ll cross that chapter when I come to it.


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