Fiction · Quick Read! · Sadie J · Young Adult

The Perks of Being a Wallflower | by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(MTV Books, 1999, 213 pages)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book of letters that Charlie writes to an anonymous “friend” to tell about his life. Charlie has never met this person before but decides to start writing to them because he heard that they were a good listener. Charlie writes for a full year covering his freshman year of high school where he befriends a group of seniors, tries to participate more in his life, and struggles to determine the relationship and loss of his favorite person in the world, his Aunt Helen.

This is another book where I saw that there was a movie coming out based on the book so I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. I was surprised about how many adult subjects there were considering that it’s a Young Adult novel. But between the drugs, alcohol, sex, and suicide, Charlie maintains an innocence about him that continues to remind you of how young he is. This was an extremely fast read and I’m very excited to see how the movie turns out.

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