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Review: The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed 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.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.


This book was brilliant. I loved it entirely. I am going to apologise in advance because much gushing is going to commence. If you want to save yourself and stop reading this review and buy the book yourself instead please do but be warned you'll soon find yourself in the same situation as me after reading it.

Quite honestly this book ticked a lot of my boxes for a fab YA read. It was told through letters written by the main character. It had a main character who is coming of age and on the start of a new part of his life who makes you fall in love with his teenage ways within about 2 pages and it's both funny, sad and bitter sweet all at the same time. In short brilliant.

What I loved most about this book was it captured for me the essence of what it means to be a teenager on the outside. Not quite cool enough to be popular but not hated either which I think many will relate to. I loved seeing those teenage experiences through Charlie's eyes as I think the author really capture that naivety of being young so well.

Being a teenager of the 90s I really felt a bit nostalgic whilst reading that book. I think it's all too easy to forget that world before the Internet or mobile phones existed and reading this book really took me back to how things were when I was a teenager (does that make me sound old?)

Another thing I loved about this book was the friendship between Charlie, Sam and Patrick. I loved seeing the way they interacted together accepting each other without question for the people they were.

All in all a fantastic book which I got totally lost in. I cannot wait for the film adaptation of this book now!