The main reason why I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower was because my brother adores the movie. Like any pesky brother, he continued to bug me about the movie long after he'd seen it, because he wanted me to watch it with him. Really, desperately needed me to see it. My mom watched it with him also, and adored it as well. I'd heard of the book, and it has great rave reviews but it never truly caught my interest. But of course, being the book nerd that I am, I had to read the book before watching this movie and since I was tired of my brother annoying me each time we were going to watch a movie by suggesting (read: pestering) that we should watch TPofBaW, I finally decided to give it a try.
Surprisingly, I finished it quickly. I can be a terribly slow reader and maybe I only finished it fast because I sort of was being pushed and shoved to read it (I do believe I work best under pressure
I liked Charlie, that's probably the best thing I'll be able to say about this book at the moment (with my bad memory and all,) and I felt for the kid you know? But I didn't feel for him. I liked the characters and some parts were sad, and the writing was unique, but again...this book was sort of forgettable for me. Some books stick with you, and that's what makes them amazing. This one, not so much.
And what about the movie? I think I liked it more. That doesn't usually happen to us book lovers right? But in the rare cases that it does, I think it's because the story is compressed and told at a faster rate, and just left with the main points. Sometimes that's just necessary with some books. Very rarely though.