Fordelene ved at være Bænkevarmer
Title: The Perks of being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Published in English: 1999
Dansk titel: Fordelene ved at være en bænkevarmer
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2013
Forlag: Ordenes By
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: YA & Contemporary
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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: The Perks of Being A WALLFLOWER
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 the perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
I watched the movie and decided to give the book a go; however, it was very different than I imagined it to be.
This is nothing like I’ve ever read before. The main character Charlie is writing letters to a friend, whom we learn nothing about and to be honest I don’t think he even exists. I like books with closure and no open endings and whatnot. I want it to be finished once I’ve read the last line on the last page, but with this, it’s just one big mess. I have absolutely no idea what happened at the end in the epilogue. What’s up with that? In addition, I couldn’t for the life of me, put myself in Charlie’s place, who was he, why was he so “weird”. I feel like something is missing from this book. The more I think about it, I’m certain that the problem lies with the narration of the story. It made the characters seem like robots, devoid of any emotion. No chance to feel empathy toward them or just feel anything in general.
I’m getting really annoyed with the fact that authors is trying to stir up an emotion with its readers. It feels fake and forced. In general, I’m just really annoyed by the sheer amount of time I spend on reading bad books. It seems to happen a lot lately. I really want to know why some people gives this five stars and say it’s good, I just don’t see it.
This immature dude Charlie spend like sixty percent of the book crying and another twenty being stoned, there’s no bloody chance that, that will stir up any sort of emotion with me. So why spend so much time writing it down? I’m not devoid with emotions; frankly, I spend few hours crying after finishing; me before you, because Jojo Moyes knows how to create a story where it comes natural. This is forced and ends up with the opposite reaction than the author had hoped would’ve happened.
The title: The Parks about being a wallflower, the way I see it, there’s none!
I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. If you want to read it because it has some slight LGBT content, don’t. I’d suggest you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda instead. That is awesome.