Thursday, April 10, 2014

the writer’s bend becomes a wallflower

"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
 - from Charlie's letter, dated October 28, 1991

April 8, 2014

Dear friend,
    I went to the video store to rent a new release.  The particular film I was looking for wasn't available, so I brought home the DVD of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.  I had been curious about it since it hit theaters a couple of years ago, but other films kept getting in the way.  Now there wasn't any other film, just this one.  Suffice it to say, after watching it twice I knew I had to read the book immediately.

    Thankfully my public library had a copy of Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel.  While checking it out, I told the librarians about the film.  One said that the teens have really enjoyed the book.  She didn't say this in a mean way, as if I should feel stupid reading teen-oriented fiction as an adult.  I think she just wanted me to know that people have said positive things about it.

    Well, it didn't take me too long to read this insightful novel.  Sometimes I related to the main character, which might be a little weird.  I don't know.  Charlie is 15 and I am far removed from that age, but maybe it shows the author touched upon some basic human experiences and emotions.

    All I know for certain is that I really wish this book would have been available when I was 15.  And that everyone could use friends like Sam and Patrick, though whomever we meet in life should be enough to make us feel infinite.

                                                                                                               Love always,
Originally posted on The Writer's Bend

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