On My Bookshelf: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

the_perks_of_being_a_wallflower_book_cover_drawing_by_pigwigeon-d5j78el Anyone who knows me, knows that I HATE audio books. Case in point, the bestie and I were driving up from Los Angeles to Portland for camp in summer 2007. The biffle gave us one of the Harry Potter books on CD to listen to on the way up–to give us something to do on this long trip. There are many things about both the bestie and I that came out. OK, mostly about me. The first is, even though it was his car, I think I let him drive a grand total of about two hours out of the 20 some hour trip. So maybe I have some control issues! The second was, we put on the CD before we even left LA and before we even made it from the 405 to I-5, I threw the CDs into the backseat and refused to listen anymore. I decided I HATED books on tape.

So that was my story and I was sticking to it. This year, I participated, for the third year in a row, in World Book Night, an awesome opportunity where you get chosen to hand out books on the same night each year. This year, after the event, they sent an email out with an offer to download three audio books. I figured it was worth a try and worst case, I didn’t spend any money. So I chose to download and start listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky. I knew it was a pretty popular movie and well received book but hadn’t read or seen it.

Here’s the Goodreads synopsis: “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 he 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.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up”

I LOVED this book! Surprisingly I also loved listening to it. It took me about a week to get through the six hours. I listened only in the car, I have about a 20-25 minute commute each way to work and am randomly in my car throughout the week as well. I am going to be honest and say that there were times I sat outside my house, wanting to just listen to a little bit more before I went in! The book reminded me a lot of what high school was like, although I didn’t go through the same things as Charlie, but I did love Rocky Horror Picture Show! I was also surprised yet not surprised with the end of the book. I actually really want to watch the movie and see the differences between the two.

Do you listen to audio books? Have you found certain books to be better than others?