During summer I devour books, I literally eat them for breakfast. This is because, during summer, I'm not at uni. I'm generally not stressed out about the gazillion assignments I have to do, and with doing a science degree I'm left with little time to read books, and the time I do have I chose to do other things (like knit and write).
So when we thought of this book club, Ashleigh and I, we said one book a month. We're both at uni (Ashleigh's in her final year of her English and Creative Writing degree), and therefore have often better things to do with our time than read - although we wish this weren't true. But one book a month made sense. Ashleigh can read a book in a day, while I can take months to complete a tome.
You can imagine my surprise, then, when after starting The Perks of Being a Wallflower yesterday, I finished it this morning.
Yes, it was only two hundred and something pages, nothing like the epic that is Game of Thrones, but even still, it's somewhat of a marvel that I should finish a book in barely a day. However, I haven't been all that well, so instead of going to university this morning (that would have been a mistake), I sat in my bathroom and read Perks.
This is my goodreads review:
It was difficult at first, because obviously it's written in letters as though by a 15 year old. And he's a 15 year old that seems both bright and horribly naive at the same time.
It made me think about myself at that age, and my own confusions at the world and how at times it really did just feel like the world was crashing down around me. I really liked this book, both for it's simplicity and for it complex nature. It deals with issues of adolescence - sex, drugs, smoking, drinking - without making them a scene. They're not huge, they just are.
I think a lot of people could relate to Charlie, in some way. I know I find myself getting lost in thought. The idea that old photographs were at one time not old, that memories weren't memories, that everyone at some time will grow old and become their parents or grandparents.
It was a quick read, which is just what I wanted, and I'm not very well right now, but I really enjoyed this book.
So this is somewhat early, so I'm going to be choosing another book to read for the rest of this month. I'm not sure what it'll be yet, I'll have to have a look at my shelf.
If anyone else has read Perks, what did you think about it? I've seen the film, and I think it was really great, different, obviously, but not in a bad way :)