The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Book Review

I had the pleasure of reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, in which the main character Charlie is an introverted teenager who writes letters to an anonymous “friend” whose identity is never revealed to the reader. This mystery makes it so that as the story is being told partially through these letters, it feels like Charlie is speaking to the reader, which creates a more personal and intimate story. The things that Charlie struggles with throughout the book are very relatable to myself and other teenagers. The main themes throughout the book, such as suicide, first loves, and friendship are things that relate back to important issues of teenage life. This book is targeted more towards the teenage audience, but for adults it gives the feeling of nostalgia as they think back to the emotions they felt during their teenage years. Charlie is unpopular and has some emotional and mental issues due to something that occurred to him when he was a child that is revealed at the end of the book. Throughout the story the reader becomes very attached to Charlie, and everything that happens to him throughout the book evokes strong emotions as if the events were occurring to the reader as well. I really enjoyed this book because of how much I could relate to the story and how powerful it was in evoking emotions, memories and thoughts. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a great story of the emotional rollercoaster of a teenager’s daily life as they discover themselves through this epistolary bildungsroman.

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