Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Beginnings: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Every Friday Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. What you do is share the opening line(s) of the book you are currently reading and briefly discuss what you think about the opening line or the book or whatever else inspires you. Make sure to share your entry with Rose City Reader and in my comments below.

Here's my book beginning:

"August 25, 1991

Dear friend,
       I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have."

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

I'm finally going to start this, though it does require prying A Clash of Kings from my hands. It looks like it is written as a series of letters, and the opening to the letter is interesting. After reading the unconventional ttyl books, written as instant messages, I guess I'm off to another unconventionally-written story. Not that there's anything wrong with that.


  1. It is hard to leave George RR Martin sometimes. That cover is enough to interest me. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Hi Chris,

    That cover was the first thing that caught my eye also. It is so much more appropriate to the book title and storyline, than the cover as it appears on and on the author's website.Perhaps this is a re-print edition, with a change of cover.

    Those first few lines would definitely make me want to read on, just to see if this person turns out to be a true friend and confidante, or not!

    As a debut novel, I think that this is going to touch on some pretty raw emotions and I know that the synopsis had me thinking back to my teenage years and how I felt about and reacted to things then, especially as I was always reknowned as a 'geek' and 'teacher's pet'.

    Thanks for sharing,


  3. I do enjoy books written as letters. With that cover and that first line, I'm very curious to find out more about this book. I'll watch for your review.

  4. I may be reading into this too much, but whoever this 'friend' is, they're already being held to a certain morally high standard. That's pressure. I'd hate to be this 'friend'.

    Sounds interesting.

    ps:...I'm only in the 200s in Clash of Kings. Thus I hope (in the least evil way possible) this book distracts you from the task at hand haha.

    1. That is evil, Amber. I'm 275 pages into A Clash of Kings, so you know. And as far as I can recall, you happen to have a 900 page book distracting you. We'll just have to see whose the least distracted from here on out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Sounds interesting...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. It sounds much better to me than the IM books. :)

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings on Fridays. I'd like to drum up some more participants, and one idea I had was this: if you are on Twitter, please tweet a link to your post using the has tag #BookBeginnings. Maybe in connection with #FridayReads, if you participate in that twitter event. Thanks!

  7. Wallflower is a fantastic book. Charlie, the MC, is so honest, so innocent, so sweet, that the novel is remarkably uplifting despite the sometimes-dark subject matter. I think people consider it a modern classic. Whatever that means. But anyway, I doubt it's on the same level as your "unconventional" ttyl, though Myracle's a great writer and all.

  8. I really need to read this. Ahh TBR!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Sounds like an interesting book.

  10. Chris, I've awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. Come and check it out: Liebster Blog Award