REVIEW: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


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 mix 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 he 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.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


5 platinum stars.

Much better than John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars (although this was pretty good).

I really don’t understand why this book was never assigned to us in high school. I mean, sure there was much to discuss and lessons to be learned from To Kill a MockingbirdThe Kite Runner, or The Chrysalids. But I’ve never felt that a book has make this much of an impact on me. I feel like a completely different person after having read it – in a good way!

While reading this, you feel like you are a diary. Charlie is this innocent, naive, and strange freshman who writes deeply personal letters to you, a stranger. The letters are all roller-coasters or emotions, thoughts, and stories. These letters essentially give us a look into his mind. He is just a boy who is trying to find happiness as he kind of just an observer of the world who struggles to actually “participate”.

Charlie is a really intriguing character as he looks at the world from a completely different point of view. He tries to find the good in everything, and when he doesn’t he holds onto god memories of the past. What makes him really special is that he does what is needed of him: he is a shoulder to cry on, he is a straight A student because his parents told him that they don’t have much money for college, he is a loyal friend, and he is gifted. There is no other way to put it.

What I love about this book is that it is not always forcing itself to be politically correct, but it does express the good in everyone. So there is drinking, drugs, smoking, abortion, domestic violence, sex, etc. But In context it just works. It shows a truthful view of the imperfect world we live in but still brings out the good within it.

Charlie’s year of letters have formed a perfect story about life. Please read it. It really is life changing.

P.S. the movie did not do the book justice!

Rating: 5/5 Stars


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