This is the official blog of Winna Efendi, author of several bestselling Indonesian novels.

Minggu, 23 September 2012

(book) The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The movie's all everyone talks about lately, and for some reasons I want to read the book before watching the movie. Last night I was looking for something to read and I couldn't start with Graceling for some unknown reasons, and I just picked this up and couldn't stop.

What a ride. Charlie is a fascinating, sensitive character that just makes readers feel empathy for him. He's intensely likable, and I often need to remind myself that he's a teenager, because often he just sounds like an extremely intelligent boy. I love all the quirky characters, I love the title, I love my book's cover (it has the movie poster on it with a lime wallpaper, which looks really cool and doesn't shy away much from the original book cover). I love Charlie's family, his new friends, his newfound wisdom, his mentor Bill. I love that he's passive but the characters just speak their minds, letting him know what he does wrong. I like the angst of growing up, and the way he handles it all. I especially love the sad twist in the ending, making everything make so much more sense than if it's done without.

I also appreciate the way it's written, one letter form after another. The anonymity actually makes it smoother to follow, we're not getting any last names or anything specific but it's fine. I also love Charlie's narrative voice. The prose is clear and simple, without any big words that might get out of context on a story such as this.

It's also a book of wisdom and great soundtrack. I might look for Asleep by the Smiths because Charlie likes it so much. I like the fact that a book with a soundtrack makes us actually feel like there is one instead of being annoyed because we cannot hear it. I heard that the movie will adapt some songs from the book into it too, which is wonderful. 

I seriously cannot wait for the movie. It looks like it's gonna be great.

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