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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky

PerksI read this book after seeing the movie. (I know, treason!) For the past few months it had been on my “Must Read Immediately, No Really, I Mean Now” pile. Which typically consists of ten or so books. At the moment there are 14. Perks finally made it to the top: here’s what I thought of Chbosky’s YA classic.

Charlie has always felt like a bit of an outsider. He’s just not sure he fits in anywhere. So he writes to us as he observes his fellow students, waiting for an opportunity to be a part of something. Perks is Charlie’s conversation with us about a year in his life. A year of new friends, of first loves, of great teachers. A year with some experimentation and more than a few mistakes. Of new experiences, new hurts and new triumphs. It’s just a year, and to an outsider it might seem unremarkable. But to Charlie, and those of us lucky enough to read his letters, it’s unforgettable.

When Charlie meets Sam and her brother Patrick, he begins to discover how different – and amazing – things can be when you see them as part of a group rather than from the outside, looking in. Perks’s centre is a delicate, gorgeous plot that revolves around Charlie’s very familiar teenage struggle to find his place in the hierarchy of school, and to find those people who will be a part of his life. If I Was Someone Else, Would This All Fall Apart?

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The Diviners – by Libba Bray

This is a hefty novel! I love a book that’s long enough to really sink your teeth into, and at nearly 600 pages The Diviners certainly fit that category. I was given an ARC at work for this book, due to be released in Australia on November 1st, and in spite of the size I tore through this story. Here’s why:

New York in the 1920’s is an intoxicating miasma of old and new, tradition and progress, high society and low sobriety. It’s a time of probibition (hah!), ghost stories, flappers, gradual racial integration, and boundless optimism about the future.

Evie O’Neill is being punished – sent away from her home in Ohio to live with her Uncle Will, after causing a stir in her home town with her slightly spooky psychic party tricks. But when Uncle Will lives in the middle of the hip New York City, along with one of Evie’s best friends, Mabel, it’s a punishment she can bear! She’s looking forward to dancing and drinking and crushes and excitement. After all, NYC is a city of endless possibilities.

What Evie didn’t anticipate is that one possibility was being drawn into investigating a series of murders, apparently being committed by some sort of religious wacko, and each more gruesome than the rest. When the murderer turns out to be not quite human, will Evie be brave enough to use her not quite normal abilities to help defeat this being, before it’s too late to save anyone? It’s Not Paranoia If They’re Actually Out There:

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