The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is exactly what its name suggests; a fun, unusual and memorable novel. The entire book is a compilation of letters written by a boy who uses a false identity. As a reader, the recipient of the letters is never revealed, but Charlie’s life is captured quite poetically and comically in his many letters.


Unlike many teenage boys, Charlie is quiet, contemplative and unusually intelligent. His English teacher, who insists that Charlie call him Bill, becomes one of Charlie’s best friends. He urges Charlie to stop being a wallflower and just observing his own life. He inspires Charlie to actually participate.


This novel is entirely uplifting and joyful. Charlie’s letters could convey emotions in his life better than anything I have ever read, and inspired me to fully participate in my own.

Gabrielle M., Circulation

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