I bet you all are super disappointed that I don't have a picture of myself holding a plum for you, but I will have it tomorrow. Today, though, I've got something better - a rant (known to some as a book review). If you have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, feel free to grab a button and link up with your thoughts!
You guys, I was not a fan of this book. It was very easy for me to set aside, and I thought that it was a bit too graphic to be considered young adult fiction. Yes, I'm Mormon. Yes, I've lived in the midwest almost my entire life, which some people would say makes me naïve or sheltered. But you know what?! That does not discount my opinion here.
On a completely different note... WHAT THE EFF WAS UP WITH THAT ENDING?!?! I'm sorry, but to me that was a bit of a cop out. We see Charlie begin to come out of his shell and evolve as a character, and even think that he might be capable of pursuing a romantic relationship. Until the freaking last five pages of the book. His entire transformation as a character and as a person was just totally wiped out, and it pissed me off.
And REALLY?!? Aunt Helen??? I mean, come on. I just don't even see this as realistic. I don't know, I just really hated the end of the book. It was awful, and didn't lend anything to the overall development of the story.
As far as the writing is concerned, I didn't think it was too bad. I'm not a fan of the "dear diary" style, but it served its purpose - it let the reader know Charlie in a way that would not have been possible without this perspective. To me, that was so important because I got the vibe that Charllie was autistic, and that was a huge part of his character and the transformation that took place.
My grade for this book: a big, fat F.