Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
am 11. September 2017
This book is not about a wallflower - the boy might be a bit strange sometimes, but all in all, he is quite normal and his constant asking 'Why am I so weird' does not really fit the plot of the story, but might be called typical teenage thinking. This guy comes to a new school, makes (actively) friends with a group of teens three years older than himself which I would not call shy. Then, he hangs out with them smoking, drinking, taking drugs, having dates and indeed sex, getting to know the dark side of gay life in the park at night, accompanies his sister - also three years older - to an abortion - well, this boy is certainly not a wallflower. And while doing all this, he gets excellent results at school. Not what happened at my school with the kids taking drugs and staying out all night drinking - very unrealistic just as the end of the book which is surprising but makes no real sense. I do not believe that children react in this way to abuse - i.e. by adoring the very person.
While it might even be OK if the title does not fit the story, I have to say that I found the book quite boring and I had to force myself to finish it.
If you want to read a wallflower story I suggest 'About a boy' by Nick Hornby - this boy does not fit in with any of his peers and he has virtually no-one he can turn to and talk to about his terrible situation.