Tag: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Louis Sachar – Small Steps | Review

Title: Small Steps

Author: Louis Sachar

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 266

Rating 5/5



This is essentially the sequel to Holes, except instead of following Stanley Yelnats, it follows Armpit. He’s been keeping busy (digging holes of all things) and squirreling away some money, but then his friend X-Ray comes up with an idea about how to make a little money: ticket touting.

Of course, the plan backfires in several fairly spectacular ways, and it also has unexpected consequences for Armpit. At the same time, it’s a coming-of-age story that deals with everything from racism to pushy parents and attempted murder. So there are a lot of complexities here, and while it is I guess somewhere between middle grade and young adult novel, it’s a genuine joy to read.

If you’re looking for “literature” then you might not find it here, but if you just want a good story with a decent message behind it, you need look no further. It was also super sad in places while simultaneously making me feel warm and fuzzy inside. In that respect, it reminds me of both Holes and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

So would I recommend this? Of course I would, but I’d also recommend picking up Holes first. Both of them are fantastic and Sachar is a fantastic writer, and even before I’d picked this up I knew I wanted to add all of his books to my wish list. Then I picked this up from a charity shop, so I guess it’s a sign. Awesome!



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Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Review

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 232

Rating: 5*/5


Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky – The Perks of Being a Wallflower


I can’t believe it took me so long to get to this! I’ve heard great things about both the book and the movie, and when I finally picked it up it pretty much blew my mind, especially as it neared the end. The funny thing is that I was worried that its epistolary format might start to feel a little gimmicky, but it actually has a real purpose and even plays into the plot.

The narrator of the novel, Charlie, is a fascinating character, and I enjoyed getting the chance to see inside his head even if it was sometimes a confusing place to be. It’s also interesting because it’s not clear whether any specific medical condition is taking place or whether Charlie is just…well, different. I could relate to him quite a lot, especially when he struggled in social situations. People are hard and I’m pretty sure I’ll never understand them.

My copy of Perks has some blurb on it which compares it to The Catcher in the Rye, but I’m pretty sure I prefer Perks and I’m still not convinced that the two have a huge amount in common. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the American setting didn’t feel alien..


Stephen Chboski

Stephen Chboski


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