Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

After all the hype around the movie, I wanted to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. So I started reading the book with some expectations. To be clear: I have not watched the movie.

Charlie is an introverted teenager, who is going through his freshman year of high school. He lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh with his family. Throughout the book, Charlie writes to his imaginary friend whom he just calls ‘friend’. But he also has real life friends, like Sam. She’s is a popular girl in school and Charlie has a big crush on her.

You find out what Charlie experiences in school, at home and with his friends on parties. The book adresses themes like adolescence, introversion, sexuality and drug use. It’s a true coming of age story.

Charlie has a unique way of thinking, which makes the book funny and awkward to read at times. I kind of felt like the writing style in this book was in ways similar to John Green’s writing. So if you like the books from John Green, you will probably enjoy reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower too.

The main character overthinks a lot of things in his everyday life. You meet Charlie very well in this book, it felt like he was my little awkward brother. I hoped that there was something in this book, that really got me hooked, shocked or anything like that.

It is a fun book to read, with easy use of words and short chapters. But I didn’t get a wow feeling from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I still enjoyed reading it, but I think I prefer a little more action in a story.

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Released: 1999
Publisher: Pocket Books
Rating: 3/5

What did you think about the book? And have you seen the movie?

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