The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.
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i love love love the book it really captures your attention starting from the first page and is more than somewhat relatable to a big mass of teens
Quiet and unassuming… but deceptively insightful.
Chbosky’s novel uses the adjunct of a sole point of view from an unreliable narrator to explore the development of personal relationships. While the journal/letter writing tone of the book felt somewhat disconnected and distant (I’m nit-picking here) I loved its ninja styles confrontation. That is, like Charlie, the narrative is withdrawn and unpretentious before it slaps you matter-of-factly with some truth that you don’t really expect.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower shows how damaged characters can shine in their own quirky individualism. How you can still function and let your freak flag fly. It is really great to read a story of characters and character development… it makes for a reading experience with all the feels!
I will say, given the meek tone of the narrative, it left me feeling like the pace of the novel to be a little slow. But it managed to successfully surprise me many times – this little contemporary is certainly unpredictable.
It’s a book with some great symbolism, and a read that you have to look beyond the writing on the page to grasp what’s going on. I’d say you could discover even more layers with a re-read.