March 15, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Young Adult
Pages: 213
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: February 1, 1999

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Finally got around to reading this one. I can see why so many people love it. It's certainly fascinating being able to see through Charlie's eyes and experience life and regular experiences through a somewhat particular perspective. Charlie is socially awkward and everyone knows it. That's not something easy to live with in high school. Especially since he doesn't even understand most of what goes on around him. This is his journey towards understanding the world, his life and himself. 

Even though it's a very original voice, it never feels strange. Told in letters, almost like a diary, Charlie is very honest and special. I really enjoyed the very real characters and their lives. Patrick was my favorite character. You can just 'see' him somehow. I also liked how we never know his sibling's names and how there's a mystery left hanging after finishing it. But I didn't see the ending coming, and that kind of changed the story for me. Before that point I was a little bored and waiting for something to happen. After that I was surprised and awed that I did not even imagine this as an option. 

Overall, a very different portrayal of a teenage boy that has quickly become a classic. Definitely one YA readers should not miss.   


  1. This book has all of a sudden become very popular again at my school library

  2. This is one of my favorites. I love that Rocky Horror is a really big part of it as well.

  3. Not one of my favs... I don't know why. Seemed like everyone didn't act like teens... but then again I am far past teen years (33) so maybe I just don't get it! If you want to discuss more go here:


  4. I really loved this book. It was unique. I'm happy you loved it too!

  5. When I saw this on your list of books you read I was really curious of how you liked it. This was my all-time favorite book during high school (yes there was an all-time favorite before This Lullaby lol). I remember in one of my classes we had to read a poem from a book out loud and I chose the one used in this book. I really wish Chobksy would have written more throughout the years.


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