Archive | February 2013

The Work of Cassandra Clare

IF YOU HAVE NOT/ARE NOT CAUGHT UP IN EITHER OF CLARE’S SERIES (having finished reading City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Prince), THEN THIS POST WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

This is just one of those I’m in my feels kind of posts.

I was scrolling through tumblr when I saw this:

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If this means nothing to you, it’s most likely because you don’t know the series.

Cassandra Clare is the New York Times bestselling author for The Mortal Instruments series as well as the prequel/sequel The Infernal Devices series . . . Not just scrolling through tumblr today, but over the last couple of weeks, Clare–or whoever runs her tumblr page–has been posting snippets from Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy and snippets from City of Heavenly Fire which is the final book in The Mortal Instruments series.

Where my feels come in:

  1. Apparently, the Sizzy ship is going to sink. Not that I’m a huge shipper of any couple, but really?? When Malec broke up, it was like the frickin Titanic crashed and sunk all over again. I don’t give a flying fetus about Clary and Jace. We all know it’s going to be happily ever after for them, so that’s why Clare’s gotta eff with our feelings when it comes to who actually matters.
  2. People keep saying Jem is going to die, and it’s like, deep down, I know it’s going to happen. There’s no way that he can survive without his “medication” and someone always dies in the conclusion, but I still have that sliver of hope because there are Carstairs in The Dark Artifices. Unless Tessa gets pregnant before Jem dies . . . I just don’t see Clare being that predictable.
  3. I don’t think Cassandra Clare is that mean. If she breaks up Sizzy, Malec doesn’t get back together, kills off Jem, and then makes us wait until 2015 (even though I’m pretty sure CoHF is set to come out sometime next year) for The Dark Artifices, I mean, that would just be cruel.

I wanna hope for the best, but then I don’t want to only to have my feels demolished when every predication the fandom has made and everything that Clare has hinted at comes true . . . I hate speculating. I’m so glad Clockwork Princess is out in 24 days. At least after having read that, I’ll know something.

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Words, Words, Words

I have a bad habit of making up words, and not ridiculous words like (gnorker–combination of geek, nerd, and dork which I created to be my gmail account name), but words that seem like they should be words but aren’t actually words.

Therefore, I’m going to keep a list of all the words that aren’t actually words. I’ve come up with a few, but as of right now, I can only think of these two:

1. Conversate [kon-ver-seyt] (v.): the act of having a conversation: past tense → Origin: Janelle’s head

2. Mystificity [mis-tuh-fis-i-tee] (adj.): having an intense mystical quality

3. Confuzzled [kuhn-fuhz-zld] (v.): in a state of extreme confusion, sometimes mixed with minor irritation and/or agitation

More to come later!

My Book List (2013)

This is more for me than for anyone else . . . Back in May 2011, I started keeping the dates and times in which I started and finished a book. One of my friends said that she liked keeping records of things, and I asked her why. She said she likes knowing when she did thing and wonders that if she revisited the date in mind would she would be able to remember it (or something like that). That’s not why I started keeping track of the dates and times, but now that I have, it’s more to see how far I’ve come.

1. Positively: Courtney Sheinmel
Started: May 24, 2011 12:47 am
Finished: May 25, 2011 9:04 pm

2. The Other Side of Dark: Sara Smith
Started: May 25, 2011 10:55 pm
Finished: May 29, 2011 2:58 am

3. The Sky is Everywhere: Jandy Nelson
Started: May 30, 2011 10:03 pm
Finished: June 01, 2011 11:21 pm

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: J. K. Rowling
Started: June 02, 2011 1:11 am
Finished: June 06, 2011 1:06 pm

5. Vanished: Kate Brian
Started: June 06, 2011 7:17 pm
Finished: June 07, 2011 7:54 pm

6. Ominous: Kate Brian
Started: June 07, 2011 11:48 pm
Finished: June 09, 2011 10:48 pm

7. Sing You Home: Jodi Picoult
Started: June 10, 2011 11:21 am
Finshed: June 15, 2011 6:36 pm

8. Bumped: Megan McCafferty
Started: June 19, 2011 1:00 am
Finished: June 25, 2011 2:44 pm

9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: J. K. Rowling
Started: July 1, 2011 6:17 pm
Finished: July 17, 2011 1:03 pm

10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: J. K. Rowling
Started: July 17, 2011 8:30 pm
Finished: July 31, 2011 2:19 pm

11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: J. K. Rowling
Started: July 31, 2011 2:50 pm
Finished: August 8, 2011 11:14 pm

12. Twisted: Sara Shepard
Started: August 9, 2011 1:55 am
Finished: August 11, 2011 1:00 pm

13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: J. K. Rowling
Started: August 11, 2011 6:45 pm
Finished: August 19, 2011 12:21 am

14. One Day: David Nicholls
Started: August 21, 2011 12:45 am
Finished: September 5, 2011 11:30 am

15. The Power of Six: Pittacus Lore
Started: September 5, 2011 1:50 pm
Finished: September 15, 2011 1:27 pm

16. Abandon: Meg Cabot 
Started: September 16, 2011 6:30 pm
Finished: September 22, 2011 7:17 pm

17. It’s Kind of a Funny Story: Ned Vizzini
Started: September 23, 2011 12:00 pm
Finished: September 27, 2011 2:41 pm

18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: J. K. Rowling
Started: October, 2011 12:30 am
Finished: October 14, 2011 1:08 pm

19. The Warrior Heir: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: October 15, 2011 1:22 am
Finished: October 22, 2011 2:24 pm

20. The Wizard Heir: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: October 23, 2011 1:53 am
Finished: October 28, 2011 1:08 am

21. The Dragon Heir: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: October 29, 2011 9:26 am
Finished: November 7, 2011 7:28 pm

22. Matched: Ally Condie
Started: November 10, 2011 8:04 pm
Finished: November 16, 2011 11:22 pm

23. The Demon King: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: November 16, 2011 11:41 pm
Finished: November 27, 2011 1:03 pm

24. The Queen Exiled: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: November 27, 2011 2:52 pm
Finished: December 10, 2011 10:01 pm

25. The Gray Wolf Throne: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: December 11, 2011 6:17 pm
Finished: December 18, 2011 6:42 pm

26. Awaken: Katie Kacvinsky
Started: December 18, 2011 7:04 pm
Finished: December 20, 2011 7:30 pm

27. The Mark: Jen Nadol
Started: December 20, 2011 9:44 pm
Finished: December 21, 2011 6:36 pm

28. The Vision: Jen Nadol
Started: December 21, 2011 7:38 pm
Finished: December 23, 2011 12:59 am

29. Ruby Red: Kerstin Gier
Started: December 24, 2011 11:38 am
Finished: December 27, 2011 12:11 am

30. Cycler: Lauren McLaughlin
Started: December 27, 2011 
Finished: December 29, 2011 12:28 pm

31. Recycler: Lauren McLaughlin
Started: December 31, 2011
Finished: January 3, 2012 2:39 pm

32. My Name is Memory: Ann Brashares
Started: January 3, 2012 2:48 pm
Finished: January 4, 2012 9:07 pm

33. Destined: P.C and Kristin Cast
Started: January 5, 2012 12:45 am
Finished: January 10, 2012 1:35 am

34. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Ransom Riggs
Started: January 12, 2012 ??
Finished: January 31, 2012 11:59 pm

35. Hush, Hush: Becca Fitzgerald
Started: February 4, 2012 12:06 pm
Finished: February 8, 2012 6:46 pm

36. Crescendo: Becca Fitzpatrick
Started: February 9, 2012 12:39 am
Finished: March 8, 2012 10:06 pm

37. Silence: Becca Fitzpatrick
Started: March 10, 2012 4:53 pm
Finished: March 12, 2012 9:54 pm

38. Tangled: Carolyn Mackler
Started: March 9, 2012 c. 3:54 pm
Finished: July 14, 2012 3:33 pm

39. Songs of the Humpback Whale: Jodi Picoult
Started: April 3, 2012 11:15 pm
Finished: April 16, 2012 5:35 pm

40. The Lucky One: Nicholas Sparks
Started: April 17, 2012 10:53 am
Finished: April 20. 2012 11:23 am

41. Clockwork Angel: Cassandra Clare
Started: April 21, 2012 12:15 am
Finished: May 1, 2012 4:15 pm

42. Clockwork Prince: Cassandra Clare
Started: May 2, 2012 1:00 am
Finished: May 6, 2012 10:04 pm

43. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: Jennifer Smith
Started: May 7, 2012 12:35 pm
Finished: May 10, 2012 2:59 pm

44. Tempest: Julie Crosss
Started: May 11, 2012 12:35 pm
Finished: May 14, 2012 1:07 am

45. Will Grayson, Will Grayson: John Green & David Levithan
Started: May 14, 2012 7:07 p.m.
Finished: May 21, 2012 9:06 am

46. Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher
Started: May 17, 2012 c. 8:10 am
Finished: May 18, 2012 10:16 am

47. The Fault in Our Stars: John Green
Started: May 21, 2012 12:48 pm
Finished: May 24, 2012 9:06 am

48. Across the Universe: Beth Revis
Started: May 29, 2012 7:40 pm
Finished: June 1, 2012 9:41 am

49. A Million Suns: Beth Revis
Started: June 1, 2012 10:50 am
Finished: June 5, 2012 4:37 pm

50. City of Lost Souls: Cassandra Clare
Started: June 7, 2012 2:00 pm
Finished: June 11, 2012 3:22 pm

51. Eon: Alison Goodman
Started:
Finished:

52. Trafficked: Kim Purcell
Started: June 19, 2012 6:54 pm
Finished: June 22, 2012 9:38 am

53. Cinder: Marissa Meyer
Started: June 22, 2012 10:06 am
Finished: June 24, 2012 11:13 am

54. Shattered Souls: Mary Lindsey
Started: June 26, 2012 10:22 am
Finished: June 27, 2012 1:39 pm

55. Hate List: Jennifer Brown
Started: June 27, 2012 11:11 pm
Finished: July 2, 2012 3:39 pm

56. Cruel Love: Kate Brian
Started: July 1, 2012 3:08 am
Finished: July 3, 2012 8:18 am

57. Legend: Marie Lu
Started: July 9, 2012 7:47 am
Finished: July 10, 2012 9:25 am

58. The Time Traveler’s Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
Started: July 10, 2012 1:18 pm
Finished: July 13, 2012 2:40 pm

59. Daughter of Smoke & Bones: Laini Taylor
Started: July 14, 2012 6:23 pm
Finished: ??

60. The Letter Q: Sarah Moon
Started: July 19, 2012
Finished:

61. Fifty Shades of Grey: E. L. James
Started: July 22, 2012 10:52 am
Finished: July 24, 2012 4:23 pm

62. Fifty Shades Darker: E. L. James
Started: July 25, 2012 8:21 am
Finished: July 29, 2012 3:31 pm

63. Fifty Shades Freed: E. L. James
Started: July 29, 2012 11:21 pm
Finished: August 7, 2012 11:48 pm

64. The Rise of Nine: Pittacus Lore
Started: August 23, 2012 1:00 am
Finished: August 27, 2012

65. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky
Started: August 28, 2012 8:00 am
Finished: September 1, 2012 1:03 pm

66. The Night Circus: Erin Morgenstern
Started: September 2, 2012 3:33 am
Finished: September 12, 2012 6:52 pm

67. City of Bones: Cassandra Clare
Started: September 30, 2012 10:40 am
Finished: October 19, 2012 1:50 am

68. Vengeance: Kate Brian
Started: October 5, 2012 6:08 pm
Finished:

69. The Crimson Crown: Cinda Williams Chima
Started: November 4, 2012 1:30 am 
Finished: November 12, 2012 10:14 pm

70. Days of Blood & Starlight: Laini Taylor
Started: November 6, 2012 10:20 am
Finished: December 6, 2012 12:38 am

71. Beautiful Disaster: Jamie McGuire
Started: December 12, 2012 12:48 pm
Finished: December 14, 2012 1:46 am

72. Thumped: Megan McCafferty
Started: December 15, 2012 11:01 pm
Finished: December 16, 2012 9:33 pm

73. Captive in the Dark: CJ Roberts
Started: December 14, 2012 4:55 pm
Finished: December 17, 2012 6:36 pm

74. Seduced in the Dark: CJ Roberts
Started: December 17, 2012 10:33 pm
Finished:December 21, 2012 1:32 am

75. What’s Left of Me: Kat Zhang
Started: December 21, 2012 4:15 pm
Finished: December 28, 2012 12:34 am

76. City of Ashes: Cassandra Clare
Started: c. December 23, 2012
Finished: December 15, 2012 6:42 pm

77. Looking for Alaska: John Green
Started: December 28, 2012 2:05 am
Finished: January 01, 2013 7:55 pm

78. City of Glass: Cassandra Clare
Started: January 01, 2013 11:56 pm
Finished: January 04, 2013 3:47 am

79. City of Fallen Angels: Cassandra Clare
Started: January 04, 2013 2:19 pm
Finished: January 16, 2013 8:21 pm

80. Stolen: Lucy Christopher
Started: January 18, 2013 12:21 am
Finished: January 24, 2013 8:05 pm

81. Finale: Becca Fitzpatrick
Started: January 26, 2013 12:46 am
Finished: January 30, 2013 4:56 pm

82. Consequences: Aleatha Romig (This book took me longer than usual to get through because of school, but also because I was just trying to get to the end. I bought the book because it was $1.03, and it also had a 4 – 4.5 – 5 star ratings with reviews saying, “OMG!! THE END OF THIS BOOK WAS JUST (insert words)!” Which I agree. The way that Romig built the book up to the conclusion, you probably wouldn’t have been able to guess how it was gonna end. I surely couldn’t, but the build up to the end was, for lack of a better word, tedious. I understand why she did, but if I had just bought this book without knowing that the end was gonna be like BAM! I probably would have not finished it.)
Started: February 01, 2013 12:05 pm
Finished: February 22, 2013 2:25 pm

83. Pantomime: Laura Lam
Started: February 24, 2013 5:44 pm
Finished: March 10, 2013 2:50 pm

84. Scarlet: Marissa Meyer
Started: March 11, 2013 2:21 pm
Finished: March 17, 2013 10:48 am

85. Clockwork Princess: Cassandra Clare
Started: March 19, 2013 7:45 pm
Finished: March 28, 2013 7:08 pm

86. Walking Disaster: Jamie McGuire
Started: April 02, 2013 12:57 am
Finished: April 05, 2013 7:29 pm

87. The Lightning Thief: Rick Riordan
Started: April 07, 2013 12:51 am
Finished: April 16, 2013 12:30 am

88. The Sea of Monsters: Rick Riordan
Started: April 17, 2013 1:16 pm
Finished: April 20, 2013 9:04 pm

89. The Titan’s Curse: Rick Riordan
Started: April 23, 2013 1:07 am
Finished: April 27, 2013 8:18 pm

90. The Battle of the Labyrinth: Rick Riordan
Started: April 28, 2013 3:08 am
Finished:

91. The Last Olympian: Rick Riordan
Started: May 03, 2013 12:54 pm
Finished: May 06, 2013 11:12 pm

92. Feed: M. T. Anderson
Started: May 08, 2013 11:29 pm
Finished: May 16, 2013 11:14 am

93. The Lost Hero: Rick Riordan
Started: May 11, 2013 2:32 am
Finished: May 16, 2013 4:25 pm

94. The Taker: Alma Katsu
Started: May 16, 2013 12:20pm
Finished: May 19, 2013 2:09 am
One of the reviews on the cover of this book was “Readers won’t be able to take their eyes away from Katsu’s mesmerizing tale” and how very true that was (for me at least) … I read the majority of this book in about a day and a half, most of that reading which I did while at work, but that’s not relevant.
This book was described as historical fiction (historical in the sense that it was chronological over the course of two centuries) … Pretty much, this book was unlike many books in the sense that it didn’t really have a rising conflict, a climax, and falling action. It was just kind of a story, 400 pages worth of story; it was being narrated that way too: first person account for most of the book. I’m not being very articulate, but it was just one of those books that once you start, you HAVE to finish. Not because you have to find out what happened in the end (the whole plot is practically revealed in the blurb), but because you want to find out what transpired in between. I give it two thumbs up.

95. The Reckoning: Alma Katsu
Started: May 19, 2013 c. 11:00 am
Finished: May 22, 2013 11:42 pm

96. The Son of Neptune: Rick Riordan
Started: May 22, 2013 2:48 pm
Finished: May 27, 2013 10:06 pm
ALL I’M SAYING is that I was reading to the end because I was hoping to get a little Percabeth before the book ended, but NO. I can’t imagine how those who have kept up with the series felt because I don’t have to wait for The Mark of Athena. I can buy it right now. However, I think I am gonna wait since The House of Hades doesn’t come out until October. I know my self-constraint isn’t gonna last long, but I’m gonna try my hardest.

97. Every Day: David Levithan
Started: May 22, 2013 8:27 pm
Finished: May 24, 2013 9:26 am

98. The Mark of Athena: Rick Riordan
Started: May 30, 2013 11:57 am
Finished: June 9, 2013 1:38 pm

99. Wake: Abria Mattina
Started: June 12, 2013 6:58 pm
Finished: June 22, 2013 4:23 am

100. Little Bee: Chris Cleave
Started: June 17, 2013 12:44 am
Finished: June 29, 2013 4:41 pm

101. Eragon: Christopher Paolini
Started: June 23, 2013 3:56 am
Finished: July 15, 2023 2:00 am

102. Eleanor & Park: Rainbow Rowell
Started: July 1, 2013
Finished: July 4, 2013 3:50 am

103. The Promise of Stardust: Priscille Sibley
Started: July 10, 2013
Finished: July 27, 2013 5:09 pm

104. Eldest: Christopher Paolini
Started: July 27, 2013
Finished:

105: I Am Number Four: Pittacus Lore
Started: July 31, 2013
Finished:

106: The Power of Six: Pittacus Lore
Started: August 15, 2013 2:30 pm
Finished: August 24, 2013 1:36 pm

107. The Rise of Nine: Pittacus Lore
Started: August 29, 2013 8:53 pm
Finished: September 03, 2013 8:10 pm

108. The Fall of Five: Pittacus Lore
Started: September 04, 2013 1:08 am
Finished: September 08, 2013 8:46 pm

109. Orphan Train: Christina Klein
Started: September 2013
Finished: October 04, 2013 8:30 pm

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Started:
Finished:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I did not proofread this, so if it’s rough, my apologies.

I’m one those people who always reads the book before I see the movie, unless I don’t know the movie was a film adaptation of a book. (Though, over Christmas break, a friend of mine and I continued our reoccurring argument came up that reading a book before seeing the movie ruins the movie. You could probably guess that I’m on Team Gotta Read The Book, but I see his point. Reading the book before you see the movie gives you certain expectations that more times than not aren’t always lived up to, so I wouldn’t say never read the book first. However, I think I’m going to try reading the book after I see the movie next time. Beautiful Creatures is coming out pretty soon and shows promise.) So, when I heard that Perks was being released, I bought the nookbook and I read it.

If you haven’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, I won’t say that you’re missing out. Not to say that it’s a bad book. (I don’t think I actually rated it on Goodreads, but if I would have, I probably would have given it 3.5 out of 5 stars.) Perks is a heavy book, and while I’ve been feeling like most of the books I’ve recently read have been disappointing, all having the same base plot (boy meets girl; girl meets boy, all the in between, yadda yadda yadda), Perks doesn’t fall into that category.

Besides having some fantastic quotes, Perks flirts with a range of controversial issues such as depression, physical abuse, pregnancy and abortion, infidelity, mental and emotional breakdowns, homosexuality, personal acceptance, molestation, relationships, and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in high school. On the other hand, there are some good themes, like self-discovery, communication, friendship, and finding people who accept you for who you are. Even though the book was relatively short (it can’t be more than 220 pages), it’s very deep and well written. With this detailed list of heavy topics laid out for you, it might make you think that Chbosky  just shoves it all in your face, but as I was reading the book, I was taking in all that was happening but didn’t realize all that had happened until after I had finished the book.

The reason I chose to write about this is because I watched the movie a few weeks ago and it was good. It was, what I consider to be, a good film adaptation and had a pretty epic all star cast that wasn’t all in your face. (For example, Valentine’s Day with Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, etc.) The book is written in the letter format, with Charlie, the main character (portrayed by Logan Lerman) writing letters to his friend, who Charlie places in real life settings (like at party), but who is never identified. Charlie starts his story off basically saying that he is both happy and sad at the same time at the same time, and he’s trying to figure out how that could be. It’s the summer before Charlie is to start his freshmen year of high school; his best friend has recently committed suicide, and he’s trying to figure out his life and run away from it at the same time.

Charlie begins high school. The people he was friends with in middle school have moved on, and Charlie’s left alone. His older sister (Nina Dobrev) has a new boyfriend and doesn’t want to be seen with her kid brother, so Charlie is left to navigate the waters of high school on his own. That is until he meets Nothing, also known as Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his stepsister Sam (Emma Watson), two seniors looking to make the most of their senior year. Patrick and Sam take Charlie under their wings, introducing him to their friends, helping him experiences many firsts—his first kiss, accidentally getting him high, taking him to his first Rocky Horror Picture Show, etc.—eventually dubbing him a wallflower, Patrick saying to him, “You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”

As Charlie’s relationship with Sam and Patrick grows, he develops feelings for Sam who is in a relationship with an older guy. Not knowing what to do, Charlie starts dating Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman), but during a game of truth or dare, when dared to kiss the prettiest girl in the room, he kisses Sam instead of Mary Elizabeth causing some tension between him and the group.

Even after repeatedly apologizing, Charlie is told to lay low while this blows over. Thrust out on his own again, Charlie starts spiraling. Forced back into the experiences of the beginning of his freshmen year—eating lunch alone with his only friend being his English teacher, Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd)—Charlie starts going through the motions of his everyday life without really acknowledging what’s going on. Until one day, a fight breaks out between Patrick and a few members of the football team. Not realizing what he’s doing, Charlie intervenes, knocking one of the football players out and breaking one’s nose. Later that day, Sam approaches Charlie and thanks him for saving her stepbrother.

As Charlie and his friends catch up, he learns that Sam has broken up with her boyfriend, who had been cheating on her, and as the end of the school year approaches, it begins to dawn on Charlie that all of his friends and his sister will be graduating and going to school. After graduation, but before Sam leaves for college, Charlie and Sam have an intimate encounter, in which Sam triggers a memory Charlie, at that moment, can’t comprehend. He later comes to realize that his Aunt Helen has molested him as child. Not being able to handle that, Charlie mentally shuts down and is hospitalized for about two months. During his stay in the hospital, Charlie had a lot of time to talk and reflect on things that had happened to him as well as the things he thought and felt. He eventually came to the conclusion that “it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.”

I wrote this piece in part because I enjoyed the book and the movie, but also because I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower portrays the turbulence of adolescence pretty accurately.

Adolescence is this transitory stage in a person’s life where they’re going though physical, social, emotional, and mental changes as well as trying to figure out who they are in relation to who society is telling them they need to be. Often times, as teens are going through these changes, they’re not taught an appropriate way to express themselves, sometimes resulting in extreme situations, like Charlie and his friend Michael. Granted, from an outsider’s perspective, Charlie’s situation may seem a little exaggerated, but not living Charlie’s life, I don’t think it’s fair to jump to that conclusion. Despite how much an open book someone may be, there’s always a message behind the words that may not be caught.

Personal experiences have taught be me to always be kind, even when I may not want to be, because everyone is fighting a battle that I know nothing about or has a story that would probably break my heart. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will take you from standing on the fringes of life to seeing what it looks like from the dance floor.