It’s the early nineties and Charlie is a freshman in high school and hoping for a fresh start. Most of all, he is hoping to find someone he can call his friend. When Charlie meets Patrick and Sam, they take him in as one of their own and introduce a naive Charlie to a world of drugs, love, alcohol and partying. Charlie discovers that belonging to something that you care about can change the way you think about living. Through writing a number of personal letters to an anonymous individual, Charlie tells us his story and writes all the words he cannot speak. Filled with coming of age stories, emotional realizations, and a plethora of heartfelt confessions and memories, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an addictive read that will leave you speechless.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower conveys, with piercing vividness, the struggles and the complicated truths of growing up. Stephen Chbosky’s choice of how to tell Charlie’s story is compelling and makes the story believable. You’ll find pieces of yourself and people you know in any of the characters Chbosky has so flawlessly brought to life, which makes reading this book a momentous and intimate read. As Charlie writes, “Sometimes, I read a book, and I think am the people in the book,” which is exactly how I felt while reading this novel. Forgetting the world around you, becoming the characters and feeling all of the raw emotions that the characters go through is a wonderful and foreign sensation and is what I love most about literature. The Perks of Being a Wallflower manifests all that and more in a captivating and alluring fashion. I would highly recommend this book to young adults 14 + due to inappropriate content and mature themes.