The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
(MTV Books, 2012, 224 pages)
This was the final book of the Spring 2013 semester for SCC’s “Between the Covers” book club and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. It’s a quick read; I was able to get through it in two days and I really enjoyed it. Told through a series of letters written by the main character, Charlie, we are taken back to the early 90s as Charlie begins his high school experience. He’s a quiet individual, more prone to sitting back and observing than actively participating. But he starts coming out little by little as he makes new friends at school, primarily Sam and Patrick who love and appreciate him for being exactly who he is.
The reader isn’t sure who Charlie is writing his letters to which leads to some interesting speculation. While I was reading I certainly found myself relating to certain high school experiences and feelings that Charlie was going through. Chbosky did a great job developing Charlie’s voice and leading the reader through this story. I’m glad The Perks of Being a Wallflower was part of our book club so I had to pick it up and see why so many people love it. I am curious to see the movie now… and I can’t wait to hear what other people think about the book tomorrow when we meet to discuss it at our “Between the Covers” meeting!
And don’t forget to check out Sadie’s review of this title 🙂