Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 29 June 2010
Recieved: Purchased
Rating: 5/5 Ravens
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed 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.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

I started reading this book because I heard there was about to be a movie made for it. I want to see the movie and I always read the book first if I am going to watch the movie. So, I picked up this book and it was not what I expected. It was intriguing as well as bewildering living inside a teenage boy's head for a little while.

I felt a real connection to Charlie though. The passage that talks about how he does things to make everone else happy even if it doesn't make him happy, that is totally me and I understood Charlie in better in that moment. I also felt a connection to him when I found out what happened at the end of the book. Not his actions but the actions that were taken against him. So many people have been through that sort of situation, too many, and even if it sounds twisted it is nice to not be the only victim of something so haneous.

There were a lot of pop culture references in this book, many of which I did not understand but I am going to definitely try to read a few of Charlie's books, listen to some of his music, and watch Rockie Horror Picture Show. I enjoyed this book for the way it shines a dark light on very real problems for the teenage generation.
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  1. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I've reread it a couple of times now and love it more each time that I read it. I honestly had no idea that there was a movie coming out. I'm super excited to hear that :) I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this book as well.

  2. I keep meaning to read this. I'll have to get on it before the film comes out.

  3. This was my favorite book in high school. I need to go back and read it again sometime soon.


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