This is a book post about a classic and a modern read especially made for young adults. I am in no position to review these books but I really just want to share my thoughts (before my mind explodes), because these are some of the books in which I actually saw myself living in their world and felt all the feelings in the stories.
Possibly one of the best books of my generation, Perks of Being a Wallflower has been considered a classic in the world of young adult fiction. Call me emo or whatever, but this book really spoke to me. I don’t know if it was because of how it was narrated, or the situations, or the characters themselves–this book just made perfect sense to my life. Believe it or not, I was an introvert growing up, up until I became a cheerleader and shamelessly wore mini skirts and hot pants in front a huge crowd while jumping up and down. And now that that’s over, I feel myself going back to being me–an introspective and guarded person. Just like Charlie, I find myself being one with the songs I listen to and the books I read, and yet I still manage to have a lot of questions left unanswered about my life and the world around me. I truly believe everyone will see a bit of their selves in Charlie’s character and this book will surely make a person want to take some time to reflect and discern about their experiences and their future.
Perks of Being a Wallflower doesn’t really give you the answers and solutions to life and its complications; rather, it helps in putting things in perspective and knowing that life should always go on and move forward no matter how shady or dubious the road to the future may be. This book is not about the cliches in life–it’s about just how real life is and how even a person consumed with deep thoughts should still participate in his/her life here and now. This book is as honest as it can get. At least that’s what the book made me feel anyway. Inasmuch as I would like to try to explain further how this book makes me feel and what it means to me, I’ll just use one of the quotes (I swear this book is one, if not the most, of the most quotable books ever), which really got me:
“So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”
*Side note: I cannot wait for the film adaptation of Perks of Being a Wallflower!!! It stars Logan Lerman as Charlie and Emma Watson as Sam 🙂 There’s also Nina Dobrev as Charlie’s sister and Kate Walsh as Charlie’s mom. Also, I’ll be reading Catcher in the Rye, which was said to be the author’s inspiration in writing Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Finally got my hands on the Power of Six as soon as it was available in Fully Booked! I immediately stopped reading the Maze Runner for this, not that the Maze Runner was any good anyway but that’s another irrelevant story. And I am very, very happy to say that the Power of Six exceeded my expectations and it was just so much better than I Am Number Four, which is what it’s supposed to be anyway. The main difference between the two books is there are two narrators in the Power of Six–Seven (Marina) and Four (John). With Marina in Spain and John in the States, their worlds are technically not connected with each other but somehow, all hell breaks loose in both of their worlds and of course, these things happening to them have been connected and intertwined all along. What I loved about this book is that as shallow as a story about aliens coming to Earth is, the flow of the action and adventures were surprisingly unpredictable. Let’s just say there’s more to John’s discoveries of what happened to Lorien on that unfortunate day…so much more, and it was amazing as a reader to discover those things with the characters.
But the main reason why I love this series is that it feeds and nourishes the imagination of the little (adventure-hungry) kid inside of me. And at the same time, it’s not too childish and shallow for the ~grown-up~ that I think I am. So back to the story—towards the end, they all face their share of death-defying battles with the Mogadorians and of course they came out victorious, in the meantime, with the help of their fellow Lorien people. SPOILER ALERT: John rescues Nine and leaves Sam accidentally in the hands of the Mogadorians, while Six finally reunites with Marina and wait for it… Number Ten, who’s just 11 years old and together with her Cepan came to Earth via the 2nd spaceship that left Lorien. Conveniently, this Cepan knows exactly where to find the others and that’s where the book ends.
Of course there’ll be a cliffhanger, what’s the use of the next book right? I’m really just wishing for the third installment to come faster ’cause it’ll be just beyond amazing to know how all the Gardes will come together and unite to make a stand against the Mogadorians. As an ending statement, I’ll just leave with a quote from Hector Ricardo, one of Marina’s few friends in Spain… “The only limits of tomorrow are the doubts we have today.” Btw his character died, dangnammit.
*On a very different note, I’ll just explain briefly explained why I ditched the Maze Runner. It was just really bad. I really tried to absorb and empathize with the story and the characters but decided somewhere along chapter 5 that it’s just no use to continue. For me, the author was just telling a story and letting the readers read it, without feeling anything and without inviting the reader to the world in the book. I was just left confused and empty and the words in the book weren’t even as complicated as Harry Potter’s or any of Neil Gaiman’s books. The story was very promising but the writing and the flow were just really awfully done. So there.
I’ll be reading Blood Red Road next, which has the Maze Runner vibe as well, but let’s see. I might just choose to read the e-book, Six’s Legacy, which is about Six’s life story and what happened when she was captured by the Mogadorians and how she managed to eventually escape.