I’ve read the book – ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky.
I decided to bring it because people are talking about it and especially because it has a movie version
that will be shown soon this September 2012. The book was good, funny and a bit confusing. Also, there are some sexual parts and bad words that contained it so it was really uncomfortable to read those. 🙂
Here are some of the book’s lines that I like (Charlie, the main character, is the First-person narrative):
>”Now, she acts a lot dumber in the hallways, especially when boys are around.” -I, September 7, 1991 (Charlie’s description to Susan)
>”I think he will regret this when he looks back on his life.” -I, September 16, 1992 (Charlie to his sister’s boyfriend who has a ‘very nice brown hair and wears it long with ponytail’)
>”So, what’s the point of using words nobody else knows or can say comfortably?” -I, September 29, 1991
>”We accept the love we think we deserve.” -I, October 14, 1991 (Bill to Charlie)
>”It’s like he would take a photograph of Sam, and the photograph would be beautiful. And he would think that the reason the photograph was beautiful because of how he took it.” -II, November 8, 1991 (Charlie’s thought to Craig)
>”I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is. And I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera.” -II, November 8, 1991
>”My mom was so upset that she took me shopping for new clothes.” -II, November 18,1991
>”Then, he gave me my next book to read. It’s called Naked Lunch.
I started reading it when I got home, and to tell you the truth, I don’t know what the guy is talking about. ….. Sam told me that William S. Burroughs wrote the book when he was on heroin and that I should “go with the flow.” So, I did. I still had no idea what he was talking about, so I went downstairs to watch television…..
The show was Gomer Pyle,….. So, I watched the show for a few minutes, but it made even less sense to me than the book, so I decided to do my math homework, which was a mistake because math has never made any sense to me.” -III, February 2, 1992
>”…..the people are being nicer in the hallways. Not to me necessarily, just in a general way.” -III, March 28, 1992
>”After that, she started talking about her plans for college, which I had heard before, so I put down the phone, went to the bathroom, and when I came back, she was still talking. I know that was the wrong thing to do, but I thought if I didn’t take a break, I would do something even worse. Like yell or hang up the phone.” -III, March 28, 1992 (Charlie to Mary Elizabeth)
>”My sister said Mary Elizabeth is suffering from low self-esteem,…..
My sister tried to clarify things. She said that by introducing me to all these great things, Mary Elizabeth gained a “superior position” that she wouldn’t need if she was confident about herself. She also said that people who try to control situations all the time are afraid that if they don’t, nothing will work out the way they want.” -III, March 28, 1992
>”It’s much easier not to know things sometimes. And to have french fries with your mom would be enough.” -IV, April 29, 1992
>”I really do love my sister. Especially when she’s nice.” -IV, June 5, 1992
>”Running after the sun. Then, I started running. And everything was good as it could be.” -IV, June 5, 1992
>”I just want you to know that you’re very special….. and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.” -IV, June 13, 1992 (Bill to Charlie)
>”When I do ride the bus, I usually sit toward the middle because I’ve heard sitting in front is for nerds and sitting in the back is for squids,” -IV, June 16, 1992
>No more pencils/no more books/no more teachers’ dirty looks/when the teacher rings the bell/drop your books and run like hell. -IV, June 16, 1992 (a song sang on the bus ride home from the last day of school)
>We spent the rest of the night just drinking and listening to music like we always did,….. It was about one o’clock in the morning when it suddenly occurred to me.
“Oh my !” I said
“What’s wrong, Charlie?”
“Tomorrow’s a school day!”
>”you weren’t being his friend at all. Because you weren’t honest with him.” -IV, June 22, 1992 (Sam to Charlie)
>”So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” -Epilogue, August 23, 1992
>”I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” -Epilogue, August 23, 1992
Reference and Credits: ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky