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.
This was the coming of age story of young Charlie and his misfit group of friends. As Charlie learns to actually live and participate in life, he must rediscover and overcome an unsettling trauma from his past.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is such a character driven novel and I immediately fell for Charlie and his best friends Patrick and Sam. Charlie is a very odd guy. He’s very shy, introverted, and has an innocent and simple way of relaying information to the reader. At times he seems very childlike while giving the reader the impression that there is a sort of brilliance about him. His best friends, step-brother and sister Patrick and Sam, are also endearingly strange with enormous hearts for others.
This book explores themes of abuse, homosexuality, sex, drugs, and mental illness. But through Charlies voice, nothing is convoluted and the story is told in the sincerest and purest way imaginable. Heartbreaking yet touching, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story to love.
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