The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Being a freshman in high school is anything but easy. Sensitive and socially awkward Charlie is at even more of a disadvantage. He has always been on the outside off things, until he finds Patrick and Sam, who let him in. As he is thrown into the life of a high schooler, Charlie opens himself up, tries new things, and falls in love, all while he is learning immeasurably important things about his troubled past.
What I Thought of The Perks of Being A Wallflower
This book is probably in my top ten favorite books and is definitely my favorite realistic fiction book ever (I usually hate realistic fiction)! Perks is unique in all the best ways, because although the characters are not the run-of-the-mill teenagers, it is still easy to find ways to relate to them. The writing style is also brilliant because the book is made up of Charlie’s letters to an unknown recipient. Although everybody has their own opinion, I like to think that he was writing to the reader, which makes the experience of reading this book so much more personal and wonderful. Although I practically read Perks in one sitting, I still smile when I think about Charlie, Sam, and Patrick’s friendship. When Patrick and Sam are sharing their world with Charlie, you can’t help but feel exhilarated along with him, and that’s exactly why I loved this book so much. Everything the characters feel you feel as well. None of the emotional scenes are tacky and the happy moments are written in a way that makes them completely authentic sounding. It is simply impossible not to fall in love with these characters. However, The Perks of Being a Wallflower includes many important, but also mature themes. I definitely would not recommend this for anyone who isn’t 13 or older. But for anyone 13+ who loves an realistic tear-jerker, Perks is one of the best choices and definitely grants a 5 star rating!
The most memorable part of this book is when Patrick and Sam take Charlie into the tunnel with the windows down and music blasting, and Charlie feels more alive than ever. It is a novel moment I will never forget.