THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER BY STEPHEN CHBOSKY

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Sooo. Hello, everyone. Here I am, without another month’s gap between posts. ‘Tis I, Shreya the Great procrastinator who somehow managed to create an effective blogging schedule maybe idk. But still, at least I’m somehow trynna be regular.

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Sooo anyways. I recently finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which one of my pals gifted. Much thanks, Red 🙂 Actually I had the ebook back from the days when oceanofpdf was still alive but the format and text was all screwed up. And I’m glad I have a paperback version now.

Synopsis:

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I’ve watched the movie, and I loved it. Now, I read the book and I love it even more. This book is so beautiful, heart-wrenching, and relatable.

what i liked:

How relatable the whole book is. As in introvert and bibliophile I really felt some parts. And as a teenager, all of it. The angst and emotion in this book felt so real and relatable. It’s all told through a letter format, written by Charlie. I really liked the letter/diary entry format since it was blunt and conveyed a lot of stuff. All the characters seem real and not drab and one dimensional, like some books show teenagers to be. I ESPECIALLY LOVE MY BOY PATRICK.

I feel Charlie, a lot (finally, we get an in-depth AND introverted character). I identify with his struggles in life and I guess a lot of other people do, too. The ending and final revelation of Charlie’s aunt was so sad, though.

But the main thing I like about this book is that it actually, properly depicts teenagers, it isn’t a teen-centric novel cliche. It doesn’t show preppy, picture perfect party going teenagers who somehow seem more mature than they are. It’s crude and messy.

Everything isn’t magically fixed in the end (not that i dont like happy endings, it’s the unrealistic ones). Charlie is struggling and his problems magically don’t disappear. He is broken, but he is healing. And that is why I guess a whole lot of other people love this book, me included.

what i didn’t like:

oh look, a live footage of me reading this:

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speaks for itself methinks

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5

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MY THOUGHTS ON CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them released almost exactly two years ago?????? (let that sink in)

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There’s like, no way in hell that was two years ago. It seems soooo close by, I was soooo excited. When it all got over, I wanted MORE (caps).

Fast forward two years, a blog, and a change of glasses later, I watched The Crimes of Grindelwald yesterday. Though I can’t say that I walked in with the same enthusiasm as 12 year old Shreya (ahem, ahem, with all the screw ups of JKR and what not which i’ll talk about later on this post).

But I did feel like jumping out of my seat when Back To Hogwarts played in the start and all of a sudden, it was 2016. Life was good. (a feeling which lasted a total of two seconds). Despite JKR slowly losing the fandom’s respect this past year, deep down I had some expectations (it’s the harry potter bitches).

The start had some slightly draggy action. After thaaat. A lot of things messed with me. I don’t understand, they were sooo freakin’ good with the last movie. It was fun to watch. This one dragged on and on and hellishly on, and it could’ve been avoided.

OKAY NOW CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THEY COMPLETELY SABOTAGED QUEENIE????

Maybe it could have been a good character arc but it was wayy too fast in the movie. Speaking of characters, ALWAYS LOVE SMOL BEAN NEWT. There was no major role for Tina, and Jacob just felt like a side character. But I STAN LETA ALL THE WAY. *cheers*

I was soo worried about how offensive Nagini would turn out to be but … she’s just there as a supportive viper to Credence (who needs a hug). Idk how to feel about Nagini.

And we don’t see much of Grindelwald either.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

OKAT BUT THE FSCKING PLOT HOLES IN THIS MOVIE.

what is minerva doing in 1927????? when she was born in 1935 1935 1935?????? like was she a cameo that someone thought nobody would notice????? i mean, just google it rn and check her birth date if you don’t believe me.

why is dumbledore teaching dada when it’s,,,,, idk canonically established that he taught transfiguration???? i have no clue. either the director forgot or jkr is turning this series into another cursed child.

and i’m pretty sure grindelwald is lying about credence’s identity. there’s no way in hell he can be a dumbledore as kendra died in 1899 not on the fucking titanic. and dumbledore definitely isn’t his father given his orientation and timeline. so jkr is either using this as a red herring, or she’s blowing up her amazing original series’ layout.

SPOILERS END SPOILERS END SPOILERS END

Now. Talking about the rep. I’d like to explore my feelings about this more in another post but I will be brief here. I’ve been very patient with JKR but my patience and respect is slowly slipping. I am *very* upset they didn’t explore the relationship of Dumbledore and Grindelwald when she very clearly said that Dumbledore was in love with him. And the naming of Nagini didn’t feel right, but now idk what to feel. I still hope Albus-Gellert will be a thing in the next movie(s).

It’s not that I didn’t like it. Bit too long for my taste? Yeah. But some pieces of acting were awesome, and I LOVED seeing Hogwarts again. This is the darkest movie in the entire series, and rapidly shifting to an even darker place.

But will the storyline keep up with all of this or will it sink? Whatever happens, and whatever potential screw ups JKR might or might not do, Hogwarts will always be there, to welcome us home.

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SHARP OBJECTS BY GILLIAN FLYNN

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I got this book, like, a few months ago and since then it’s been stuck in my TBR pile. I started reading this a week or two ago but I didn’t get past chapter one since a lot of things came up (exams, birthday, new phone). Anyways I restarted it yesterday and finished today.


Synopsis:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.


This book has, something like, a darkness to it. I didn’t feel uncomfortable; I found it interesting, but idk about you. The suspense in this book is thick enough to choke you. Kidding (not). The characters are fascinating.

I was really creeped out by Adora, and I thought something was off. Amma turned out to be . . . unexpected. I sorta saw her as a smaller version of Camille but that’s definitely not the case. (I loved how things ended with Camille and Richard, and how that romance thingy didn’t define Camille/become a main element).

If it was shown or done differently, I might have called the ending sloppy or anti-climatic. But it was written brilliantly, to pull a twist of that magnitude in very few pages that too when the book is just about to end.

Overall, highly recommended. GO READ IT NOW

Rating: 5 out of 5