(Also, my previous sentiment is strictly for the purpose of hyperbole—I don’t actually want summer to vanish into the black hole of times gone by. Honestly, it’s already doing a pretty good job of disappearing all on its own, no warp speed or magic involved.)

(Still, I just want to be able to walk into a theater and watch this movie right-now-this-minute.)

I know, I know—books-to-movies can sometimes (often) be disasters. But you guys, I’m just so unbelievably hopeful for this one, for the simple reason that this trailer feels almost exactly like the book.

I mean sure, we could make the case that no film will ever truly capture the intimate, understated rendering of a story told entirely in letters, or that Logan Lerman is just too unrelentingly pretty to play Charlie, but whatever. I don’t care.

I know that The Perks of Being a Wallflower will never be for everyone—no book is ever for everyone—but it probably surprises no one that it’s on my list of favorites.

Even though I was fairly detached and thinky as a teenager and didn’t really have a lot in common with Charlie, who is a big emotional softy and really damaged and mostly just wants to bundle up all the love and compassion inside him and share it with the world, I still felt like it was a book that had been written with me specifically in mind. It still resonated with me on a very personal level, because above all, Charlie is a collector, just like I was (am) a collector. He watches things as they happen, and he writes them down and he knows his friends really well—sometimes better than they know themselves—and he’s just so observant and so self-aware … and he has no idea what to do with any of it.

And this is why even though time is scarce and precious, and even though I have lots to do between now and then, I’m still counting down the days until September.

Now, who’s with me?

(P.S. Also, remember to go enter my contest for a finished copy of The Curiosities, which should be hitting stores next month.)

9 thoughts on “Infinite

  1. I’m just going to gleefully scream for a minute about Ezra Miller being Patrick.


    When I saw him in We Need to Talk About Kevin, I was like, who is this guy and why isn’t he in everything?


  2. That’s exactly what i thought! The trailer blew my mind. I thought the movie look somewhat promising. It might not be as good as the book, it won’t be a disaster either.

  3. I REALLY want to see this movie!!! I haven’t read the book yet (I plan to.) (Have been planning to for awhile, but for one reason or another, have not yet.) (But I will.) Haha :D. I really love Logan Lerman and Emma Watson and the trailer looks soooo good!! I am uberly excited for this movie as well. I’m with you!! :D

    • Oh, I really think you’ll like it! It has a reputation as being kind of a dark book, but I don’t personally think that’s true—I’d say it’s a very raw book, and I just love Charlie so much, even though a lot of what he says and how he says it is very uncomfortable.

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