In two days, I managed to purchase The Perks of Being a Wallflower and finish it. I was really looking forward to reading it, and what can I say now? It was honest, it was blunt, and it was a little underwhelming for me. The language was clean and simple, the characters were full and flawed and Charlie was someone anyone and everyone could relate to, the prose was rambling and talky which I usually loved. But I found it too precious, too twee and too carefully carelessly-written at times as well. I liked it, but I didn't love it. This teaches me that lower-case text and run-on sentences sound a whole lot more beautiful when posted in isolated chunks in Georgia font over tumblr than they do in black and white and solid before you. There were several beautiful quotes and paragraphs interspersed throughout, though. My favourite had to be "we accept the love we think we deserve", because it was so simple, yet so novel and true. It was what motivated me to buy the book in the first place. Haha, silly isn't it, to fork out sixteen quid because of a single sentence. Overall, it was an enjoyable book, a heartfelt story about the poignancy of growing up and coming-of-age. I love the latter phrase: coming-of-age. Those three words are filled with such hope and anticipation and off-topic, but I love the following paragraph to bits. It encapsulates the 'feel' of the whole book so well.
"As you enter the tunnel, the wind gets sucked away, and you squint from the lights overhead. When you adjust to the lights, you can see the other side in the distance just as the sound of the radio fades to nothing because the waves just can't reach. Then, you're in the middle of the tunnel, and everything becomes a calm dream. As you see the opening get closer, you just can't get there fast enough. And finally, just when you think you'll never get there, you see the opening right in front of you. And the radio comes back even louder than you remember it. And the wind is waiting. And you fly out of the tunnel onto the bridge. And there it is. The city. A million lights and buildings and everything seems as exciting as the first time you saw it.
"( learning as we go )
And whoa, that was long and banal and it is seven in the morning, the sky is lightening, my stomach is growling, but I really should pay some attention to my glazed eyes and heavy lids, so good night world. But before that! A short snippet of Better Off Ted, one of the funniest shows I have watched in a long while.