Perks of Being a Wallflower

Seven years ago, I read Perks of Being a Wallflower for the first time.  I’ve been reading since I was four-and-a-half, and while, as I’ve previously mentioned, usually I read superficial teen fiction, every now and then I read a book that genuinely changes my life, most notably by altering the way I want to write.  Perks gave me the ream to write a book that would change someone’s life.

So when I heard that they were adapting it into a movie, and that the author, Stephen Chbosky, would be writing and directing it, I pretty much cried.  I finally saw the movie I’ve been waiting seven years to see, and it was perfect.  I should warn you that this review is probably going to suck, since I don’t think there’s a single thing I didn’t like about this movie…so, you know, have fun reading my love letter to Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Pitch Perfect

I had heard great things about Pitch Perfect, and as a musical theatre nerd who spent all four years of high school taking chorus, I was excited to see it.  Overall, it was an enjoyable movie, with some well-developed characters you could root for and song arrangements that gave me chills.  The movie was strongest when it was following the acapella groups; its attempts at deepening the story largely failed, leading to uneven characterization and some storylines that were either pointless or went nowhere altogether.  But its strong moments were great, and at the very least, it was entertaining throughout.  (And obviously, there be spoilers ahead.)

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