The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, is an angsty 224 pages following the twisted life of Charlie through a series of letters. This realistic novel is an amazing coming of age story. The main character, Charlie, is starting his life off at a new high school where he meets some unlikely friends. However, Charlie’s mental issues from his scarring childhood leave him troubled and unable to communicate his feelings. Throughout the book, his friends show him how it is to love and be loved, and the importance that friendships hold.
Although this novel is not a part of a series, I feel as if every teen should read it. From middle school up this book would be a great read. Also, the movie version of the book was created in 2012 with Logan Lerman as Charlie. The book is better, in my opinion, but the movie is one of my favorites as well.
Reviewed by Mallorey W., grade 9
Editor's note: I would differ with Mallorey in her age rating--I think this book is more for 9th grade up. However, everyone reads at their own level, to be individually determined! And Mallorey, we liked the book and movie too!