Contemporary, Review, Young Adult

The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: 02/02/2009
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232

Synopsis (Goodreads)
“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way 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. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. 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.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I was able to race through this and finish it in a couple of hours. I knew that this was being made into a film when I picked it up, but that isn’t why I picked it up. I picked it up because I was curious as to the storyline. I had heard and seen such great thing about it all over the Internet, that I just couldn’t help but pick it up.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower grabs you tightly by the heartstrings and says “Here, read this and cry.” And cry I sure as hell did. Chbosky has such a way with words, it feels as if the narrator is speaking directly to you, not as a reader, but as a real person. He leaves you with a feeling that everything is going to be okay, no matter how bad things are at the moment.

I take my hat off to Chbosky and say “Well done you.” This book gave me so many feels from the very beginning and I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see how everything tied together.


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