8 December, 2021

LitStaff Pick: The Most Memorable Literary Moments of 2012

2012 was much like 2011 and 2010 in that once again, a large portion of perksmy time was spent with my nose in a book – in fact, many books.  In terms of those literary endeavors, 2012 will stand out for one reason.  For the first time since we sat down to read Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of the Fierce Bad Rabbit, my seventeen year old daughter and I discovered a book that we both liked.

To begin with, you must understand that my daughter and I have very different taste in literature – I like to read and she doesn’t.  Naturally I was rendered speechless when she asked if she could download a book onto my Kindle.  She asked me once before if she could download something – it turned out to be Jane Eyre.  She left the school’s copy in her locker.  Nothing makes a parent happier than downloading free copies of the classics – “Look, I found Moby Dick.  You can read this during the summer . . . at the beach!”  Trust me, it’s worth it just to witness the expression of utter disdain one’s child can project . . . and so quickly!

My daughter plowed through Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower in less than 24 hours.  Suddenly, my non-reader was raving about a book that she had actually read. She told me over and over that I should read the book, “Mom, it’s soooooo good!”  I promised that I would get to it and thank God I did.  I was hooked by the story’s first lines and read it in just under three hours.  Not since The Catcher in the Rye have I read a book that so accurately captures and describes the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

Wallflower tells the story of Charlie, a charming, sweet and awkward teen making his way through his first year of high school.  Chbosky’s prose flows quick and easy as does the plot, pulling you in and taking you for a spin through the neighborhood eventually leaving you on the curb before you can say, “where’s my benzoyl peroxide?”  If you’ve read the book, you already know how wonderful it is.  If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and find a copy.

-Lisa Emig

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