Book Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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.

The Perks Of being a wallflower follows the life of Charlie, the introverted main character. Written as a series of letters documenting his life as a first-year student, tackling hard issues such as suicide, family death and his mental issues of hearing voices. Charlie wasn’t enjoying high school that much, he had no friends until he met Sam And Patrick, who were step-siblings, they were last year students. They introduced him to the student life; parties, love and friendship. Charlie was a lot happier as soon as he met his friends. That was when the voices suddenly stopped. When he knew he has a life to enjoy when he met amazing people.

In the letters he wrote we got to learn a lot about Charlie as a person, his family, his friends and most importantly, himself. Charlie has a passion for writing and English as he writes about how much he likes his English teacher Bill and how much Bill encourages him to read.

His friends, Sam and Patrick would leave for university. Would Charlie take this well? Would he cope without his love of his life, Sam?

This book is down right beautiful, it is an amazingly fast read and it was the first ever book that made me feel like I couldn’t put it down until I read the end of the letter, then the end of the next letter… and then the book was finished. What makes this book so beautiful is how real it is, how real it is, especially in the relation of high school and Charlie’s experience. It took me back to my high school days which I never really liked, but this book brought me back to them and no book has ever done that.

I was recommended this book by many friends and I am so happy I listened to them and read it, it is by far one of my favourite books and I’m sure it’ll stay there, forever.