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Book Review » The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

Young Adult; Contemporary; Realistic Fiction;Romance

ISBN: 9781847394071


Publisher: Pocket Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 232

Synopsis: 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 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. But Charlie 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.

MY RATING: 4 Starts


The truth is that I started reading this book after seeing the movie twice, so I already knew the story.
When I first watched the movie I had no intention of reading the book, but then I watched it the second time and I loved it even more than I’ve loved the first time so I thought: “Yeah… this movie seems incomplete and I liked it so I’m sure that the book will be so much better and more complete and I’ll love it even more!”
Yap, and once again I WAS RIGHT!

This story is passed in the 90’s which is really great. It is about a 15 years old boy named Charlie… and he is a wallflower as you can imagine.
Charlie listens to everyone… He runs away from his problems and gets into the other people’s problems. When someone tells him anything he listens and doesn’t tell anyone.
This boy has a LOT of trouble in his life, he is not normal and he knows it! Basically he started to feel this way when his aunt Helen died in a car accident because she was getting his birthday present.
Now, he’s trying to change his life. He’s trying to “participate” and talk to people… to make friends, but there’s a part of him that still can’t to that.
Then, Charlie starts to hang out with Sam and with Patrick. Sam is a beautiful girl (older than him) and Patrick is her “brother” and he’s gay.

WARNING! Spoiler ahead!!!
[I feel kind of stupid because I saw the movie twice and I’ve read the book and I didn’t get that Charlie was sexual abused by his aunt Helen! Seriously, I didn’t get it… I suspected, but I wasn’t sure of it so I was searching on internet and BABANG!!! She really did it to him…


One thought on “Book Review » The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  1. Love love this book. Such a unique and powerful read. Thanks for sharing the awesome review! If you’re ever interested in some other awesome book reviews and musings, be sure to follow! Thanks!


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