In this weeks blog I’m going to be comparing The Perks Of Being A Wallflower book to the film. Let me know in the comments which you prefer.
Hey guys! In this weeks blog I’ll be reviewing a classic! This is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower which is also a major feature film.
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
I’ve been wanting to read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower for quite some time now and I really want to see the movie. So I decided to read the book before the movie as I always do.
I really enjoyed this new take on life from Charlie and I love how the writer is so committed to this character that you believe he’s real. Charlie reminds me of Sam from Atypical or Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. He thinks there’s something wrong with him when there’s not; he’s just unique.
Charlie is so determined to make everyone happy that he doesn’t take his own happiness into account; he lets Mary Elizabeth talk for hours because he can’t say no; and he lets Patrick kiss him when he doesn’t want him to. It almost feels like Charlie is a puppet who doesn’t really care about himself as long as others are happy.
This book is so thought provoking and witty and I can’t wait to see the film. I rooted for Charlie and his friends to be happy, to feel infinite. Charlie has his problems that he’s working out with a therapist and he doesn’t understand why he’s being asked all these questions until he figures out why at the end. You start to see why he’s upset all of the time and why he has difficulty socializing.
I thought this book was so well written and Chbosky knows how to read his characters. This book teaches us that there’s nothing wrong with being unique and that we all have stories that make us who we are, or who we choose to be.
This is going to be a must read for readers everywhere; I just know that when I’m much older, this book is going to be used in schools and colleges and be regarded as a classic of our time. We need more books like this that make the reader feel infinite.
I hope you enjoyed this review; don’t forget to subscribe to my blog as it means so much to me! Until next time, love, Vee x
So I’ve wanted to do the boyfriend tag for a while and I finally made Oliver answer some questions about me.
I’ll be writing his answer down first and then I’ll respond to whether it’s right or not!
1. Where did we meet?
Virtual: On MeetMe
Physical: At Norwich Train station
2. Where was our first date?
Nandos and cinema to watch Jurrasic World
3. What was your first impression of me?
I thought you were cute
I don’t know if this is true but I hope it is 😂
4. When did you meet my family?
First time I came to Norwich
5. Do I have any weird obsessions? If so, what…
Yeah, Taylor Swift.
Not weird, just a fangirl.
6. How long have we been together?
4 and a half years
7. Do we have any ‘traditions’?
We have had some that go on for a month or so and then they stop. We tend to go to TGI Fridays when we celebrate something.
8. Where was our first holiday?
9. What was the first thing you noticed about me?
I thought you had big eyes.
I did have huge eyes but he says they’ve shrunk 😂😭
10. What is my favourite restaurant?
11. What do we argue about the most?
Before we moved in we argued about moving in together.
12. Who wears the trousers in the relationship?
13. If I am watching tv, what am I watching?
Friends, Gilmore Girls, Jane The Virgin, Love Island.
I also have a bit of an obsession with Greys Anatomy now.
14. What is one food I do not like?
Vanilla ice cream.
I also hate soup and jacket potatoes.
15. What drink do I order if we go out for a meal?
Water but now you’re not such a tight arse you now order diet coke.
True. What can I say? I’m earning now😂
16. What size are my feet?
❌ Size 6 actually
17. What is my favourite kind of sandwich?
I don’t really have a favourite but I do eat a lot of ploughman’s and ham and mustard sandwiches.
18. What is one talent I have?
Your ability to creep around undetected.
This is true. I scare everyone ✔️
19. What would I eat everyday if I could?
20. What is my favourite Cereal?
21. Where was our first kiss?
On your bed.
It sounds dirty but it’s not. We had been dating online for a few months and the first time I met him we were at home with my family because I was too anxious to go out😂
22. What colour are my eyes?
23. Who is my best friend?
✔️ And you.
24. What is something you do that I wish you wouldn’t do?
Put my clothes on the floor instead of the wash basket.
Yup. Bingo ✔️
25. What kind of cake would you bake me on my birthday?
Half true. My favourite cake is coffee and walnut.
26. What can I spend hours doing?
Urm no. ❌
27. If I could live anywhere where would it be?
So there you have it! He can be a tit sometimes but he’s my tit. How about you all try this tag, I’d love to see the answers😂
So since it’s #TravelTuesday I wanted to share my reasons of why I want to live in New York, the city that never sleeps.
If you have moved from the UK to the US I would also love to speak to you so do get in touch!
Even though I now live very close to London, it is so difficult to find work and get to London on time for events. I don’t think London even compares to NYC at all, but there is a lot that goes on here.
Despite that, New York is the city that never sleeps and it has so many opportunities. There are countless things to discover within the city and outside of it. There are lots more publishing jobs in New York than London and if I actually lived within New York it wouldn’t cost me as much to get to work as it would to get to London every morning. Plus, who doesn’t want to be walking the streets of New York with a Dunkin Donuts in hand?
You’d think, as someone with social anxiety, I would hate the fact there are so many people. But I actually become more anxious when there are fewer people around because I feel as if they’re judging me.
Whereas in New York because it’s heaving, I can just blend in. Everyone is so busy caring about their own lives that they don’t even notice you.
Sense Of Belonging
Whenever I go to New York I feel like I belong there. It ticks every box on my list and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I feel at home walking the streets. I don’t feel this way in the UK and I don’t think I ever will.
Now I just have to let fate decide. Because it’s so difficult getting a visa, I have to pray one day I’ll find a job that enables me to work there. But that’s very hard to do when you’re a freelancer!
Have you ever moved abroad? And if so, where did you come from and where did you go? (I now have the Cotton Eye Joe song in my head.)
In this week’s post I’ll be reviewing Second Best Friend by Non Pratt!
Jade and Becky are best friends, but when Jade’s ex-boyfriend lets on that everyone thinks Becky is the better of the two, Jade finds herself noticing just how often she comes second to her best friend. There’s nothing Jade is better at than Becky. So when Jade is voted in as Party Leader ahead of her school’s General Election only to find herself standing against Becky, Jade sees it as a chance to prove herself. If there’s one thing she can win, it’s this election – even if it means losing her best friend.
The overall theme of the book is about friendship and how that means more to us than anything else. The moral of the story is to not compare yourself to others as we do all the time based on looks, social media etc.
I warmed to some of the characters but it was hard for me to like Becky or even Jade some of the time.
I also didn’t enjoy the ending. Not only was it unrealistic but it made me think Jade isn’t actually sorry for what she’s done. It all seems a bit too good to be true that your friend would forgive you instantly after spouting rumours.
Also, if you’re such good friends, would you not talk about your worries to each other instead of letting a boy get between you?
I think the moral of the story is better suited to younger readers whereas older ones may find this a bit young and far fetched.
If you have read Second Best Friend, what did you think of it?
Until next time, love, Vee x
In this week’s post I’ll be reviewing Non Pratt’s short story, Unboxed.
Four friends meet up at their old school to open the memory box they stowed there years ago – with five letters inside for four of them, because their friend Millie has died. When they open the box they find a new letter from Millie and discover that she has left them special instructions: permission to open her letter only if they all read aloud the letters they wrote to their older selves, revealing their deepest secrets.
I picked this book up at the library, not knowing if it was for younger readers until I saw the word fuck inside. It’s a super easy YA read, as it says on the back. And it truly is. I’m someone who struggles as I am a slow reader. But I got through this book in a couple of hours. It was such an easy read but also a heartwarming one full of rekindling friendships, bereavement and love.
I don’t read many short stories but I already grew so attached to the characters, especially Dean. I love how the characters are developed so quickly and even one night can change your world forever. Ben is a big softie and even though it’s sad Millie is dead, she brings her friends back together.
I have to say their deepest darkest secrets weren’t really surprising and I was left waiting and wondering when the secrets would spill out, but overall I thought the letters had lovely sentiments to them.
It’s a must read for YA lovers but also if you need a little pick me up read.
Have you read Unboxed? Did you enjoy it? Until next time, love, Vee x
We all have slumps with reading and writing but what about blogging? Sometimes it’s just impossible to find the right topic to cover because you think it’s been overdone and you don’t think your voice will be heard. But here’s a list of ideas on how to find inspiration for your blog posts.
Everyone uses Pinterest to look at pretty photos, admit it. We all see beautiful gowns or food that we want to make but never will. Well, Pinterest isn’t entirely useless. I use it to get inspiration for any blog posts. Sometimes I’ll see other people’s blog posts and think I could do something similar on that topic or I’ll see a photo or quote that inspires me to write.
Sometimes I’ll just Google “blog post ideas” to see what comes up. There are some great ideas out there for every niche so you’ll never be short of ideas! You can also find some great blog post ideas on Pinterest because people know you’ll look for them there.
Then we have the Twitter Gods. They are the answer to our prayers. Ask your followers what they want to see more of on your blog. After all, they are your readers so why not give them what they ask for? (Unless it’s something creepy.) Alternatively, ask your friends or family what they think you should write about; you never know, your mum or dad might actually have a worthwhile suggestion.
Sometimes, we just have to make ourselves sit there and think “what would I want to read about?” to get the juices flowing. Sit down with a notepad and list all the things you’re interested in. It doesn’t have to be logical or fit in with your niche if you have one. Just write phrases, quotes, topics, anything. You’ll find a topic to cover in the mess of ideas.
I hope these ideas helped you! Until next time, love, Vee x