Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Published: 2nd February 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama,
Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars)
About: 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 Charlie 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.
Review: This book is perfect. In a day and age, where there are cruel and rude people in the world (not that I am saying that everyone is like that), it was a pleasure to read a book that was written from a point of view from an extremely nice and genuine person.
The character of Charlie was an interesting one to read about. It’s clear why the book has the term ‘wallflower’ in it because Charlie is certainly one. He waits on the sidelines of events and is always observing everyone else, afraid to interact with others. However, this book is brilliant for its character development because at the start Charlie is this shy young boy who flourishes as the book progresses.
By the end, he has friends, goes to parties and is able to interact with people rather than hiding in the shadows.
The book has a great message about it being the people in your life who make it better. Where would Charlie be if he had never been introduced to Sam and Patrick? It seems sad to think that you just need the right people to come into your life, but then again many people are just lucky.
This book isn’t just about Charlie either. It delves into the complicated lives of Sam and Patrick as well, who each have their own issues.
It’s a story showing how people deal with things in their lives – one important factor that is present in this book, is that the people you have in your life (the good people) are the ones who make your life a whole lot better.
I know this book is about a high schooler – but I think that anyone can enjoy this book.
This is a book, which I highly recommend for everyone to read.