Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Dusty Pages Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-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 to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. 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.

 Written as a series of letters to an unknown recipient merely addressed as Dear Friend (with no replies) - we hear the story of Charlie and his first year of high school. About making friends, hanging out, goofing about, getting high and inevitably making mistakes.

I related very much to Charlie, not his later revealed history, but his inability to fit in. His struggle being the weird kid among the weird kids. It a touching story that made me think of my own time in high school and how in retrospect the good and bad could be balanced.

You are left feeling that Charlie will be okay and it makes me happy. I will definitely give the movie a watch.

I give it

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