Student Review by Tyani J.: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a WallflowerTitle: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books
Published: 1999
Summary (from Goodreads): Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix 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. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Tyani’s Review: Relatable. If I had to sum up this book in one word, that would be it. I have never been able to relate so deeply to any other book than I have to this one. And that says something, considering I get emotionally attached to every single character in all the books I read. I don’t know Chbosky’s life, I don’t know what he has gone through to make him write out my life story in 213 pages, but he managed to do just that. He was able to make Charlie such a relatable character by writing the truth of what happens in high school, without sugarcoating anything. He wrote a story for the underdogs, the teenagers that everyone fails to remember. The events and the feelings that go on in Charlie’s life are so real, that in one way or another everyone can relate to them. This book managed to make me feel like I wasn’t alone in the things I’m going through, even though Charlie is a fictional character. It probably wasn’t the most well written story, but written as it was from the perspective of a freshman boy, it was a masterpiece.



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