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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Book Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chobosky

Date Published: February 1st, 1999 By Mtv Books and Pocket Books
Page Numbers: 213 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Target
Cover Love:  Well, well, I think the simplicity of the book because even though its such a simple book, there's so much in it and I feel this cover describes that.

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 Thoughts: I liked the fact that this is another take on what books now a days are always talking about. Sex, Drugs, Music, Book and Love. But this book is different. Charlie is a different kind of person. A really different kind of person. Such as in real life, I've never met someone like him, but in a good way. It's sad that it took so long for it go get popular at this time, yet it was released a while ago. 

It tackles a lot of issues. Like when Charlie does LSD, the fact Patrick is gay, and I do have a feeling that Charlie is a bit schizophrenic. It's just something about him that makes me feel like that. 


The writing style is also fantastic. Its so fast paced and even though its a mere 213 pages, it felt like it was 100. I read this straight in a day. And when we see things through Charlie's eyes, we see him grow and change as a person. You can see this change in him and not in a way where it's like he was a bad person and became a good person. He was always a good person, you root for him even in his worst times. Even when he was a little bit of a douche, which he was.
This book really spoke to me and I'm so glad I read it. And when I saw the movie, it made me appreciate this book even more. It made it even more special because there are some parts the movie does not have, but yet, there are equivalent in my mind.

That's all. Byeee.


  1. I need to read this one sometime soon. I did already see the movie and loved it. Your review of the book definitely makes me want to know even more about Charlie, though, and see what was left out of the movie.

    1. Yeah the book goes into so much more depth than the movie did. You definitely want to read it!


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