Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky
Year: 1999
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Pages:  213

Goodreads Description:
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 is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

I went into this book pretty blind and not really knowing anything about what the book was about except that it was a coming of age story so I was pleased with what I got. It's a beautiful book with some lines that mad me just stop and think about how beautiful they are. It was much more poignant than I expected and I felt so connected to Charlie.  I felt all his emotions both good and bad and so wanted things to turn out good for him. I highly recommend this book.


  1. I just finish that book a few days ago too. It's such a great book. Reading about Charlie reminds me of my time in high school. It's really great when you can find good people and a moment you can feel infinite.

  2. Yeah, it made me think about high school but about life period. I think it applied more to my college days personally than high school but I just loved it.