POBAW is a very quick and easy read. Charlie, the main character, writes journal entries about his life as an incoming freshman to a new high school. He has no friends, because the only friend he had, committed suicide the summer before(depressing)! You could say he’s a socially awkward, quiet, a shy kid, that doesn’t really have a supportive family. He quickly meets Sam and Patrick, quirky seniors, that soon befriend him. He learns to grow, communicate, and participate through them. He finds out about love, homosexuality, dating, literature, and new experiences, all of which he writes about.
“And in this moment, I swear we are infinite.”
It goes way deeper than just awkward high school dances, football games, and Pre-AP literature class. Towards the end of the school year, Sam, Patrick and all of the other friends he has made, are leaving for college. Depression overcomes him, and he quickly funnels into a downward spiral. A big secret is revealed, something that he has been struggling with his whole life…(sooo apparently I read over that very important part of the book, which was crucial to the story, but we saw the movie last night and everything started to make a lot more sense, ooops!)
“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand. You’re a wallflower.“
Anyways, it was a book that shared growth, troubles of high school and real life issues that kids go through. In my opinion, I thought it was a really great book, and I would highly recommend it. Either read the book, or see the movie. I was VERY impressed with how close the movie matched the book. The actors that played Charlie and Patrick were spot on. The movie would be a great option if you’re not much of a reader.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”