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Book Review & Playlist : The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hello Readers & Friends,

After getting through Wuthering Heights (bleak AF btw), I decided I needed a quick and easy read, so I re-read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was given this book from an ex when I was 19 and hadn't read it since, so it was like reading it for the first time again as I barely remembered anything.

It wasn't much less bleak than Wuthering Heights, to be honest! I was shocked at how many casual references to sexual abuse were in it, as I hadn't remembered anything other than the 'main incident.'
I also found reading it that Charlie read a lot younger than his intended 15, which was something I had worried about in my own character, Cooper, who is in a lot of ways quite similar to Charlie. It's hard to get a male teenage character authentically naive and vulnerable without making them seem a lot younger than they are, so as it was something I struggled with myself, it didn't bother me too much reading it elsewhere as I understand the difficulty.

I really enjoyed it, as much as I did the first time reading it. It tackles difficult issues and does so in what I think is a respectful and tactful way. I forgot how much I love Patricks character as well. I think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been laid out in the letter format, as it means a lot happens very quickly without much character building in-between, but that's okay. I still gave it 4 stars - I think it's a modern classic.

Something I noticed was how many songs Charlie mentions and how great they all are. Many of them are in my own writing playlist, so I wanted to put them all together in one place to share with you guys.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did.

Love, C x


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