Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.



Cover Art: Simple yet artistic. Don’t have many yellow books. I like it.


This book is just… wow. So different from what I’m used to reading, my thoughts are  a little difficult to put into words.

The story is told in the form of letters from a 15-year-old boy, Charlie. At first it was odd trying to read from this point of view (the reader is getting the story in the present but from a past-tense perspective, if that makes sense. I have no idea if that is even called something in grammatical terms). However, it is really easy to get into and eventually the format is hardly noticeable.

Charlie tells the story of his freshman year of college. He goes through typical teenage events — love, friendships, school, sex… and he brings along the reader for the ride. It is a coming-of-age story that, if anyone would like to, has deeper meanings and inferences weaved through the lines. Charlie is so naive and unassuming and well, odd. He encounters such deep issues and the way he explains it to the reader can bring the story to life. It’s straight forward and meaningful. His naivety, is hilarious, sad, and adorable all throughout the book at the most unexpected times. Loved his character, as well as his friends’ personalities and their involvement in his story.

I honestly think I need to read this a second time to “get” all the meanings and connections. However, this first time through was completely engrossing and definitely a book that is difficult to put down!

Oh! AND this book will be a movie! Coming to theatres on September 14, 2012!

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