Book 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.


My Opinion

After watching the movie for The Perks of Being a Wallflower I had very high expectations for the novel, which were exceeded. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars purely for Charlie and his insightful viewpoint, but also for the life lessons I don’t think a lot of teens really get to experience. Charlie is a very unique character and watching him grow throughout the book just made me want to grow too. It’s that point where he moves from the distinction of obviously just coming from Middle School and is a freshman to becoming a young adult. Some of my favorite quotes come from this novel, including “…and in that moment, I swear we were infinite…”. The book is a refreshing read but also one of those reads that took me a little longer because it’s not like it’s a fantasy novel with lots of action. I guess one of the things I started off hating but ended up loving was the letter format that the entire book consisted of. At first, I found it too interrupting, but then later on, I started to understand why he wrote letters, which was a discovery all of my own. This book is highly recommended to those who are starting high school. It’s one of those books that can be read so many different ways with so many varied opinions that you really just have to read it yourself. I purchased my book off of Amazon along with two other books (Rise by Anna Carey and Looking for Alaska by John Green) for fairly cheap with little to no shipping cost. I will link the purchase link below!


Jinapher J. Hoffman

Purchase The Perks of Being a Wallflower from Amazon




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