Sunday, September 16, 2012

Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Published: February 1, 1999

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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 haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed 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.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

Charlie is a wallflower, a socially awkward freshman that expresses himself in the form of anonymously written letters where he tells his personal feelings, how he found true friends and learned that life has to go on.

I really loved Stephen Chbosky's simple and honest writing style. It is a character itself that allows us to glimpse in the world of what it's like to be Charlie where fitting in is hard and lets us feel what he is going through. And as the story goes on, I met characters that I learned to love, each of them bearing a story of their own that is essential for the realizations and development Charlie has made, and how much he appreciated and value everyone around him. His friends who welcomed him and his family that understands and will always be beside him. It gave me a different view in life and let me see through an entirely different perspective. It is a book that a teen can definitely relate to in general.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving story of family, friends, love and trust that will lead us to finding the real meaning of our own lives.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower in theaters this September!
Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller
Directed by the author himself, Stephen Chbosky

Check out the trailer:

Yay! I'm so excited to watch the movie! I'm loving Patrick here.
Charlie: So, you like football?
Patrick: Love it. "Be aggressive. PASSIVE, AGGRESSIVE!"


  1. I didn't know this was being made into a movie! Looks like a great cast too. I've never read this book but it sounds really good. Great review. :)


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