The perks of being a wallflower, some impressions and thoughts

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chosky pocket book swedish love affairI said I was going to write a review of The perks of being a wallflower as soon as I’d be done with it. Now, I’m not going to do that, not a review. Just some thoughts.

I should start by saying I’m a big fan of J.D. Salinger and The catcher in the rye. I’ve read this fabulous book hundreds of times. I hold it dear to my heart, it helps me to figure out other people. I reread it whenever I feel like it and I can effortlessly recite it.
So when I read that a book is “in the tradition of The catcher in the rye“, I feel very divided. I feel excitement mixed with jealousy and nonbelief. Stating something like that requires a certain nerve.

I’ve read The perks of being a wallflower. And the more I read the more repulsion I felt. About how artificial it was, and how it was trying to imitate a good book. How the author coldbloodedly gathered some evoking nostalgia fragments on two hundred pages and made a best-seller out of it. Because who doesn’t like Beatles, Nick Drake, The Great Gatsby, Smells Like Teen Spirit? Who? And are there many people in our generation who haven’t cried to Asleep by The Smith at least once as teenagers? I don’t think so. And everyone knows how questionable sex scenes can captivate the reader.
And who doesn’t want to be infinite?

This book is simply a play on feelings of those, who believe they “were born too late”, who just love mixtapes but weren’t alive when people actually made them for each other, who want everything candy-coated and who don’t notice clichés.

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chosky pocket book swedish love affair

So, yeah, I can definitely see why so many like it and why there’s such a hype. That’s the worst part of it all.

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24 Responses to The perks of being a wallflower, some impressions and thoughts

  1. Patricia says:

    I’ve never read “The Catcher in the Rye,” if you can believe it! The worst part is that I was an English major! I know! You’ve effectively captured my interest in it, however. I’m going to have to check it out! :)

  2. agostina says:

    I’m trying to find a book by JD Salinger, I guess it’s called “the heart is a lonely hunter” or something of that sort. Since you’ve read a lot of his material, does the title ring any bell? Maybe I got the name wrong.
    Hope everything’s ok!

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  4. kajsa says:

    åh, den här boken har jag varit jättesugen på att läsa, ska nog ta tag i det snart.. och så får jag se om jag håller med dig eller inte :)

  5. Ella Press says:

    I haven’t read either Catcher nor Wallflower, but I plan on reading both.
    Too bad you didn’t like it, I was told it’s wonderful, and now there’s a film coming up about it.
    And I too own The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, but I’ve yet to pick it up.

  6. Cee says:

    I really think that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the kind of book you can only really appreciate when you are a teenager. I read it when I was sixteen, around the same time that I read The Catcher in the Rye; and they both affected me deeply. Looking back now that I am considerably older and reading through passages I loved so dearly, I can only raise my eyebrows. I think if I read either book now, I would roll my eyes and wonder what the fuss was all about.

  7. elle marie says:

    You might cringe and roll your eyes when I say this..but… I have yet to read both…I don’t know why I’m not much of a reader, I tend to lean toward manuals or coffee table books… but, you have truly inspired me to read it… I’ve read books, but none have ever had a profound stain on me… I’m going to order the book from amazon… you’ve inspired me to do so.

  8. Heathre says:

    I read that book because everyone said it was so good, and if I liked Hairstyles of the Damned I would love Perks… not the case. I think Perks is a terrible book. Hairstyles, I still love.

    • Antonia says:

      Thanks for your opinion, Heathre! I’ve already received a few angry emails asking me to erase this post!.. (because of how unfair it is, obviously). Do you dislike this book because of the same reasons that I do?
      I’ll have to check out Hairstyles, I can see it’s relatively new.

      • Heathre says:

        I hated the book because it was so depressing. I haven’t read it in a long while so I’m not sure what other reasons might be for me. Plus, Hairstyles I can relate to, and while I don’t agree with the some of the characters think, which for me in some respects can be a turn off, to me, that book is just… real.

        • Heathre says:

          Both Hairstyles and Perks are being turned into films which with Hairstyles I am looking forward to and Perks I am really curious to see it as a visual versus the book.

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