Author – Stephen Chbosky
Series – none
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.
After rereading this book, I definitely love it. The first time I read it, I didn’t like it, because my expectations were too high because of how popular this book is. I will be rewatching the movie too, because I didn’t like the movie that much either.
What I liked about this book was how Chbosky wrote it. The story was mysterious because you have to remember that Charlie and his friends are totally anonymous, and so is the person who Charlie wrote this to. I also like how it seems like Charlie is directing the letters to the reader. I wouldn’t consider myself a “wallflower,” I like how the author can make Charlie relateable to all the other people who were wallflowers.
What I especially enjoyed about the book: The characterization of the different characters. The quotes, because they’re were just so, amazing (for the lack of a better word).
What I disliked about it: The relationship between the teacher and Charlie. Who invites their students to their house? And I wasn’t a “fan” of the music in the book.