The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky


This truly is a coming of age story told from one-ninth grader’s perspective. Charlie writes in diary format, which is entertaining because he tells his story exactly the way he thinks thoughts in his head. He is not your most popular character in the social scene, but he finds a place for himself.

His diary opens our eyes to the random situations you find yourself dealing with when you enter high school. If you’re in high school, you can relate. If you’re about to go into high school, you can prepare yourself. And if you’ve lived through high school, you can reminisce on the comical, yet emotional rollercoasters we all went through with our friends, families, and inner conscience.

What you will like: Whether you compare this book to the film or not, Charlie narrates this story in a unique way, where we are always wondering what situation he will reflect on next. There are some weird topics alright- but as a teenager, what isn’t weird on a daily basis in the road to self- discovery?

If: you are someone who doesn’t sit back, relax, and enjoy novels that just ARE what they are….. you might not enjoy this one. It has a nice Emo vibe to it. Don’t expect insane action or a supernova climactic finale. This book just is. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

*Definitely has mature content dealing with: suicide, love, same-sex love, drugs, and quirkily subtle opinions about growing up.

Favorite Quotes:

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“He’s a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower