Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Title: The Perks Of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Published: February 1st, 1999

Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

My Rating: ☆   ☆   ☆   ☆  ☆ /5

“Something really is wrong with me. And I don’t know what it is.”


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 he 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.


The first book that I’ve read is about growing up and this is the book. Among the books I’ve read, this is one of the unique ones. Its format is in letter form. The receiver of the letters that Charlie sends is anonymous, making you think from the very beginning.

I’m actually in love with this book. Sure it may get to the point where it will become boring but the moment you read the page twice will make you linger for more words.

I love how unique the main character, Charlie, is. It truly shows that he is a wallflower. An introvert trying his very best to socialize. Charlie’s character is hard to visualize but easy to feel. You can easily sense that Charlie is somehow alive within every word that you read.

This book reminds me that there are still people out there who tries to understand everything without any bad intention. That they are there and even if you didn’t tell him or her your story, you know that he or she is out there and yet that person understood you.

I fell in love with how Charlie’s character don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and how he doesn’t have the need to lie because this is what everyone is missing.

I like how Charlie illustrates his feelings for Sam. That he didn’t just illustrated it but made us feel every sincere word and made it a feeling that is alive.

For short, this is one of the books that made me realize I am alive. This is one of the books that made me love to read. This is one of those books who held meaning inside my heart.

What about you? What are your thoughts about this book?

About The Author

12898.jpgStephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay Everything Divided as well as a participant in the Sundance Institute’s filmmakers’ lab for his current project, Fingernails and Smooth Skin. Chbosky lives in New York


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