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

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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.”

Review: Take Me There by Susane Colasanti

Take Me There

Title: Take Me There
Author: Susane Colasanti
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; teens; friendship
Source: paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

In one short week . . . three lives change.

Rhiannon is devastated after the breakup with her boyfriend and wants him back. Nicole’s ex is still in the picture, but she can’t help having a new crush. James and Rhiannon are just friends, though he may try to take it to the next level. Will their desire to take a mean girl down a notch bring these three friends what they want . . . and more?

Set during one life-altering week and told in three realistic perspectives, this engaging, witty novel by the author of When It Happens shows the ups and downs of love, friendship, and karma.

 

My Review:

My first Susane Colasanti novel. Liked it so much that i read the very next novel in line right after.

After years and years of having her books on my wishlist – they are still there – i got my chance to read her novel. I hate the wait when it comes to books but when i tackle the book after the wait, i am actually happy that i waited. Even if the wait was not in my hands.

While reading Take Me There, i put it under middle grade because it was that simple and seemed for that age group. But as i continued reading i saw elements that would clearly be defined as young adult.

I loved the way Colasanti changed from one point of view to another to another, just to show the events of the day from all three characters eyes. It made the book an interesting read and gave me an understanding of what all three characters were going through. Also the way the three friends were so different in their personalities, but still the same.
I have to admit it did frustrate me a bit but i didn’t stop reading because i was enjoying it at the same time.

Have you ever noticed that an authors first book is never as good as their recent? Colasanti has matured as a writer from book to book and that is clearly visible as you climb her book ladder.
Entertaining read.

Review: Witch & Wizard by James Patterson

Witch & Wizard: The New OrderTitle: Witch & Wizard
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Arrow (Young)
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy, adventure, dystopia)
Source: Paperback

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

The world is changing – the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now kids are disappearing. For fifteen-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend. The new government is clearly trying to suppress life, liberty …and the pursuit of being a normal teenager. Imprisoned together and condemned to death, Wisty and Whit begin exhibiting strange abilities and powers they never dreamed of. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out. Can this newly discovered witch and a wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents – and maybe the world?
My Review:
I really enjoyed reading Witch & Wizard. Its a young adult dystopian, but is actually a pre-young adult. Its a good start for anyone who wants to jump into the dystopian genre, great starter.
James Patterson has this uncanny, incredible way of telling a story. The chapter border on 2-3 pages and total upto a hundred and above. The way his chapters, i just couldn’t seem to put down the book. Things move very quickly in Witch and Wizard.
The story is fairly simple but its been molded in such a way that the reader actually feels connected. Some things do border on Harry Potter but its a story in itself.
The novel takes place between two different points of view, of Whit and Wisty, brother and sister, who are, incidentally, also a wizard and witch. the two main characters are interesting if a little confused about who and what they really are, but at least they are open-minded about the possibilities presented them. This makes it easier to relate them because we are all trying to find ourselves in this world.
Overall awesome book! Grab yourself a copy!