The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (1999) Pages: 224

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book set in the early 90s, centred around Charlie, a naive, sheltered teenager. The book is a lovely coming of age story. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book that is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

The story was quite beautiful and I found it very easy to relate to. Although I really liked it but I did see some flaws. Charlie is supposed to be quite intelligent and well read, but his writing is atrocious. I also had issues with the ending, but obviously I can’t write about that without giving away spoilers. I had seen the film first, which I also very much liked, and I think the ending was portrayed a bit better.

I recommend reading this book, even if it does have it’s flaws, even just because it is such a short read. It’s perfect for young adults.

3.5/5 Stars

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”


The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Edmund Morris

Pages: 920

40929The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is an epic biography that covers from Roosevelt’s childhood up until the moment he finds out he will be the President of the United States.

I have never read a better biography, of a better man. Within the first 100 pages I was hooked. For Roosevelt to overcome his childhood health issues, to become a cowboy, boxer, historian and politician is remarkable.

I will admit, at times is becomes a slog, however it is made up for in how meticulously researched it is.

I have never felt so inadequate with my accomplishments, as I did after reading this book.

5/5 Stars

“The light has gone out of my life”