The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Book Review


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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 (as seen on Goodreads)


Pages: 213

Published: 1999

Format Read: Paperback- Bought

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Coming Of Age


Recommendation: 3/5

Book Hangover Level:3/6

High School is hard and horrible and brilliant and amazing! Any book that can show that perfectly is definetly worth a read. Chbosky has written a coming of age tale that actually represents what it is like to grow up in the real world. Yes this book was dark and had sensitive topics in it and I would definetly recommend that it is for teenagers + but it is a book that people should read.

“We accept the love we think we deserve” 

This book is written like a diary from the main character Charlies point of view. For me this was the best possible way to write this book as it gives a lot more detail of the book than any other narrative style could. I won’t lie it had it’s moments when you think what? but it’s funny and true and real delving into dark topics and themes as well as typical teenage stuff.

Although it was a good read there are moments that it hits you hard,leaving you in two halves.  My final thought is that it was an amazing book but at the same time I am glad it ended.

Favourite quote: “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite”




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