The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Of Infinite moments and Burnt kettles


Stephen Chbosky weaves a beautifully poignant story that keeps the reader (me) hooked on till the very last page, line, sentence, full stop. I was so engrossed that I completely forgot leaving the water to boil and by the time I realised this and ran to the kitchen, the kettle was officially black. Mom kind of had a fit (kind of being an understatement).

Having heard so much about this book left me wondering just what everyone found so compelling that they couldn’t sleep for days and I wanted to experience every emotion that they felt too. But as always fate intervened and somehow I only got to read the book 3 days ago. Why did I wait this long?!

This story is absolutely undoubtedly the most beautiful story I have ever read. The book is laced with messages and facts of life that anyone finishing school would find immensely helpful. Scratch that. People still living high school would find very helpful.

Charlie had this raw, innocent voice that you heard in your head every time you read his letters. And every scene played out perfectly. But the best thing is, everything fit in place. You know, how sometimes you feel like a scene was forced in order to get to the climax well, there was nothing of this sort in the book. In fact everything flowed smoothly.

Guess what, you immediately fall in love with Charlie. Not in the ‘OMG I have a crush on him!’ But more in the I want to hug him and tell him that he’s the best friend I’ve always wanted. And that he’s special. Much like Sam and Bill did.

“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

The book had a voice that the reader could instantly recognize as their own. Every insecurity, happy and sad moment that Charlie went through seemed almost like a chapter from my own book. Those moments of ‘infinite’ that he described were all the things I could relate to. When you seem to forget about the world around you and the problems in your life because for that moment everything seems okay. Everything is infinite.

“Enjoy it. Because it’s happening.”

I won’t really dwell on what exactly the story is about because at this moment everyone more or less knows it, probably from the movie or word of mouth. But it is definitely coming-of-age.

This book was like a good cup of tea. When you take the first sip and realise that everything is just about right and you sigh knowing that it had to be the best cup of tea you had in a really long time. And the taste just sort of stays with you. Yeah, that’s what this book was for me.

I wish I knew Charlie in high school.

This is by far my favorite quote:

“It’s much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things. I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn’t do or what they didn’t know. I don’t know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It’s just different. Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.”