BOOKREVIEW#52 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Let's talk about life perks. Earlier this week I just hit 3,620 likes on Facebook! If you haven't connected with me there yet, please do by clicking this link. I must say, I am almost always online and I know there are erratic days when I post so many things so I'm very thankful for the 3,625 (yes, I have five new FB friends!) that's sticking with me. :p July's my lovingsunshine's official birthdate and I am hoping to giveaway some prizes for that :)
I accept YOUR love. :)
So the changing season has definitely entered my world and I realized I have a few Antique pictures I haven't posted yet! In memory of my amazing summer, here are some sunny pictures I would like to share with you with hopes that my shots would brighten your day too :)

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In the Van

This is AMAZING. Zoom on the picture to see the detail. Antique is primarily a fishing community/province so the monument was such a lovely detail.

At home

Some greens

All in all, Summer 2012 was WOW. Like crazy! Oh my I can't even put my finger on it; but if I were to describe it in one word, Summer 2012 was an experience. It was good. It was bad. It was memorable. It was a season I want to forget. With that, let us go back to talking about life's perks. Again, please support my contest entry by commenting on this post.

Few days ago I finished reading Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. To be honest, I completely didn't know it is soon to be shown as a movie (with Emma Watson yeey); I just decided it's time to review that book because I've been hearing about it a lot and people have been quoting it a lot and I really liked one of the book's popular quote a lot; and I think it's perfect to talk about such story when seasons change.. Trivial, because I had no idea how it would eventually be too perfect of a topic, given the circumstances I'm going through right now. By right now I mean, I'm recovering from a failed relationship (a relationship which wasn't just my life for the past uhm 4 years? But also the life that I've been working for in the coming years.) I think it's really hard to recover from that. It's hard to recover from the things you would like to let go of (memories) and the things you should let go of (plans).
The quote. I'd like that toilet paper. Got some shit I need to clean up.

But it's possible. Going through difficult times makes me feel a unique sort of "blessed" because I normally take a step back to detach myself from situations. I find that detachment matters when too much emotions are involved. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is that type of story. It reels you in with detachment. It's like a paradox, you end up closer to it because it's distant.

Life is about moving forward. I couldn't have read the book with better timing. The Perks of Being a Wallflower embraced me with that young and stupid feeling of being everything and nothing at the same time. That very much talked about "infinite feeling" is a graceful exit. Perks helped me hold on to what I have and see through the losses I have to accept. Things change. Life doesn't stop for anybody, indeed.

I can't tell if Perks was a heavy read because I read it with a heavy heart; nonetheless, it was an enlightening stretch. If you're like me, shadowed by that feeling of "ugh, life's passing by too fast," then Perks is a book you might want to sit down with. It's like a time machine. It brought me back to that feeling of carelessness. It reminded me of how each waking day is young. Each day is a chance to make something happen. Perks is a warm book of friendship and bitter changes. To me, it's a reality kick that I very much needed to feel.

I still have my episodes of ugh, it hurts; but I feel like I'm accepting the changes gracefully (as gracefully as I can). Life is about that anyway. Life is about changes as much as it is about those that remains. I'm thankful for those which stayed. I'm thankful for those which happened. I'm not ready for goodbye. I feel like I still have so much stuff to pack in a box before I go. It's a process that's both depressing and fuzzy; but that's life when you live it to the fullest. This is love when you give it your best--it's down right numbing to be taken away from you.

Congratulations to the winners of The Magic by Rhonda Byrnes Bea and VintageKawaii (Lol. Sadly one of the winners haven't responded and s/he has two days left to claim her prize. If she doesn't, I would have to pick a new winner.)
Thank you Fully Booked for sponsoring a more than perfect book giveaway, given my circumstances! :)
Congratulations also to my Campus BDJ winner, Kim. I hope you learn a lot this school year! Thanks for starting it with me, in a way. :)
Thank you so much Viviamo! Campus BDJ is available at Fully Booked too. Get yours now.
That's it pancit. To those who care, don't worry. I felt almost infinite last night. In fact, I found myself feeling genuinely wonderful last night. Soon, I'll be brighter than ever. Right now, I twinkle.
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Life is young.
I'm reserved for happiness.
I will recover from all sorts of hangover, beautifully. :p
My spirit stays.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is available at Fully Booked. For inquiries, visit their website here


Think bright. Smile a lot. :)



  1. Great Post ,love the Quotes at the beginning :)
    i´m a new Follower

    Lovely Greetings ♡

  2. Stay sunshine-y... because it's not your problem anymore, it's their problem anymore! =))

  3. "Life is about changes as much as it is about those that remains." I like that!

    I've been itching to read Perks for a while. I think I'll go grab a copy soon!

  4. Moving forward is all you can really do I guess.... What season comes after summer in the Philippines?

  5. Moving forward is all you can do, I guess.... What season comes after summer in the Philippines?

  6. Great vacation photos! Will be hunting for that book before the movie comes out =D

  7. I loved that book. I hope the movie does it justice.

  8. When will the movie come out? I finished reading this book last week. :)


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