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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives or to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and music—when all one requires to feel infinite is that perfect song on that perfect drive. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
I like it so far. The book is written as a series of letters the main character is writing to this unknown individual. Charlie is a wonderfully relatable character. I see myself in the way that he observes people and generally doesn’t belong in a clique or a group. I also liked how even though people thought he is a freak, Charlie isn’t bullied. Well, people tried to but Charlie is more than capable of defending himself. Despite that though I haven’t read anything about taunts or teasing.
We accept love we think we deserve.
Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love. As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
I love it. Kestrel comes off as an arrogant aristocrat, who knows her intelligence and uses it to her advantage. But inside her private walls there is more to it. She doesn’t trust very easily and we see very clearly her need to make her father proud. Arin is quite similar to Kestrel. He has secrets that he holds close to heart and uses his skills and knowledge to make a difference for his people.
Isn’t that what stories do, make real things fake and fake things real?
Photos and all synopsis are taken from YA Central unless stated otherwise.