In high school, I was not as big of a reader as I am now. During my later years, I eventually found a book called “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.
The book is also one of those that is known for being one of the top banned books in the country because of some of the moments and themes in it that are considered to be controversial and inappropriate.
While I do agree with it not being available in middle schools since it is not the kind of book for that demographic, I see no reason for it to not be in high schools and public libraries.
I remember seeing the movie being one of the top movie purchases on iTunes while in high school and decided to research it. It was then that I found there was a book to it, so obviously I had to get it.
In fact, I still remember my mom and I had planned a trip to Omaha because it was a Friday and neither of us had school that day (she is a teacher). Ironically, we were going to do some shopping down there, so me finding out about this book and movie was perfect timing.
By the end of the day, I remember going directly to my bedroom after getting back from Omaha and reading the book. On that Saturday, I finished the book and watched the movie that night and it was the greatest movie experience I have ever had.
For starters, I had it on DVD which is best for an introvert like me who tends to steer clear of movie theaters.
Still, it was the story that got me hooked and the way how it played out in the movie.
What the book and movie teach you is it does not matter where you come from. No matter what position you are in your life, you can always find a way to get out.
It also teaches you to be yourself. That it is OK to be who you are, no matter what that might be.
I like the fact that Charlie, the main character of the book, is played by Logan Lerman. Lerman is a terrific actor and played the role marvelously.
In addition to him, the other ensemble of actors, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev and even the unknown actors made it look as though they were the actual characters from the book. I know that is technically the job of an actor, but at the same time, this felt more realistic than other movies I have watched before, especially since the actors in it were so young.
Another aspect of the film that is great is you see all four seasons of the year, so whether you watch it in the fall, winter, spring or summer, it doesn’t matter and will still be relevant to the time you are currently in.
Over the years, I have watched other book-to-films such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns” and the “Divergent” movies, and none of them compare to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
Sorry John Green and Veronica Roth.
I am such a fan of that book and movie that I own its original book cover, movie cover, hardcover edition with an autograph by Chbosky and the 20th anniversary edition that came out last year that has another letter from Charlie and talks about his future after the original book was published.
As for watching it, I have it on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. Hey, you never know when you might need to watch it and it is always good to have it in every format.
If you are looking for a good book or movie top get into this fall or any other time through this year and the next one, I’d recommend this one.
However, please note that the book is not for everyone and really should be read by an older, more mature person. It’s not the kind of book you read your kids at night.