Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky’s novel was simply admirable. I loved the right blend of themes associated throughout the story. The characters were all special in their own ways and easy to relate to, especially the main protagonist—the gifted and above average teen—Charlie. (I don’t want to spoil those guys who haven’t read this yet)

There were likable tidbits from this book: The awesome book titles mentioned, the good taste of songs for mix tapes, the late-night drives and the list of things you would have to smile about when you get old goes on. 

The story of Charlie and his friends proved that we all have those different kinds of dilemmas to face while growing up and learning life’s lessons—after all—is hard as getting an A for a difficult subject. Whether you are a wallflower type of person or the absolute opposite, you’ll have the perks of life when you let yourself enjoy and “participate” it. :)

About the “overrated” and “hyped” issue, those labels just goes along when a lot of people have read a book. At the end of the day, it’s still up to the reader whether s/he’ll be influenced by other people’s comments. And yeah! The story of Perks is pretty much a long-lost relative of Looking for Alaska.

I gave this one a high rating and added it to my “favorite-reads” list. Why? Because I can’t put the book down + this book was simply–INFINITE.

Rating: ★★★★★

Looking For Alaska

Maybe I loved this book in an instant because I loved Skins UK (TV series), too. I saw such resemblance when it comes to booze, cigs and all that rebellion. This was my first John Green read and it didn’t disappoint me. 

YOLO (You Only Live Once) life it is– the characters pulled off, they’re evident with flaws but I adored them, how they f*cked up with their pranks and how they stood up for each other. I feel sad for Pudge and the gang for the loss they’ve been through. After the reveal of the perhaps-ending twist, I almost jaw dropped and then it hit me–WHY HAVEN’T I THOUGHT ABOUT IT?! It’s hard making a review of this without spoilers. o.0

They say a good book would make you pause and say “damn/f*ck/sh*t” and this just kicked me right in. Indefuckingcredible, thought-provoking, outrageous read. I hate this novel for leaving me affected. The Famous Last Words and poetry got my attention. Everyone indeed is in to seek for The Great Perhaps in one way or another.

Rating: ★★★★★

Dance, Dance, Dance

Mysterious and compelling. Savory comments on growing up, getting old, getting laid. Sexy times, liquor, long drives, society, flicks, Rock n Roll music, and fantasy.

I am amused by Murakami’s way of leaving protagonists with no name or aliases at all. It makes the story more interesting, not focusing on a sole character but on the whole composition—that is. The point of figuring out the knots or the loose connections in your life was a so-so theme but the way he narrated it and put things into context made things look more fastidious and finer.

I know it’s a bad and wee bit stupid move for me to read this one before its prequel (A Wild Sheep Chase.) but I read some commentaries that this book was actually sorted out of the “Trilogy of the Rat” so I decided to give it a try, and given that scenario, I’ll just read the series on reverse. Some creative crap technique, huh?

I had an impression that I’d defer this book along the way and just go back and read it when I feel like getting myself lost in a slow paced novel. I thought this would be the first Murakami read that’ll disappoint me but then again, my favorite author proved me wrong.  Characters (Sheep Man, Yuki, Yumiyoshi, Gotanda and Kiki) who slowly connected the dots kept me up. The inexorable twist would be the bomb! Serve the killer lines just before your reader goes back to relaxin’. Nice one.

Rating: ★★★☆☆