Mini-Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Wednesday January 2, 2013 at 12:19 am |

theperksofbeingawallflower-scPublisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: August 14, 2012
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 213
Form: Paperback
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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.

My Thoughts

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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18 Responses to “Mini-Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

  1. Great review 🙂 I’ve considered this one.

  2. Bex says:

    Wonderful review, Jade! I’m glad you loved it too; it ended up as one of my favorite reads. I absolutely loved Charlie and how the book was written.

  3. Great review, it seems like there’s a lot of substance for such a short book. I may have to add this one on to my TBR list. 🙂


  4. I loved the movie, so now I want to read the book. I love books that are unflinching, espeically when they deal with hard hitting issues.

    • Jade Jade says:

      A girl after my own heart. If I see a movie I love that has a book, eventually I have to read the book because I always feel like I’ve missed some detail.

      Now I need to see this movie!

  5. Sidne says:

    hello Jade, long time and I’m glad to be back. wishing you much success as you begin your new year. Here’s to Reading and Health!! blessings!!!

  6. Molli says:

    I’ve been meaning to read this for FOREVER. A friend of mine read it some years ago and just raved about how good it was. Even your mini-review has me going, “need a copy now!” It just really seems like that type of book I’d really GET.

    Hope you had a nice holiday, Jade! 🙂

  7. Oh yay! This one is definitely on my 2013 TBR list! :0)

    • Jade says:

      Oh good! I think you’ll enjoy the story of Charlie, and probably be able to feel for him in a way I couldn’t because you’re a mother M.

  8. I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for the longest time but I still haven’t read it. I’ll have to make it a priority in 2013, for sure.

  9. I want to see the movie so I’m going to have to read the book. It sounds simple and touching. I love reading from guy point of views. It is even better that his friends are guys as well. You rarely see that. They usually have a girl in their somewhere.