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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by MTV Books (first published January 1st 1999)
ISBN 1451696191 (ISBN13: 9781451696196)
Rating: 5/5 Stars


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 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. 

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.


As much as people say it, this really is one of my favorite books of all time. This book is beautiful. It is a classic teenager read. I love how honest and deep Charlie is. He will get you thinking about the good things and what really matters in life. I am inspired whenever I read this book and I hope you can get as much out of it as I do each and every time.

While the story has its ups and downs, and really, there isn’t a very intense plot, the reader is somehow sucked into Charlies head sharing his first kiss, his feelings toward his new friends, his feelings towards literature and music. He is naive about so many things, and his bluntness made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. He not only deals with issues like love, but also having a gay friend, dealing with death, and sexual assault, but also sharing his love of music and literature, which I think are two things that are being lost on youth today.

Once I started, I could not put down The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s charisma is undeniable. Numerous chuckles erupted from me every now and then. I want to shelter Charlie from the harsh realities of life, but Charlie reveled in it. He flourished. And while things in the past cannot change, Charlie chose to move on with his life. But this time, he will be living it, and not for others. =)

After reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I assure you that Charlie will be with you forever.

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-Ana @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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