The Perks of Being a Wallflower: book review (no spoilers)

20 Jan

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Synopsis

  • 15 year old Charlie has been out of touch with the outside world for a while. He’s clueless when it comes to what’s socially acceptable. Charlie starts high school and meets Sam and Patrick, two siblings that take Charlie under their wing and help him survive through the hardest of times. Charlie, with the help of his two new best friends, learns about hope, love, acceptance and depression. He experiences the dizzying highs and crushing lows of high school and life. 

Review

  • The best part of the novel, in my opinion, are the characters and the characters development and evolution throughout the story. Charlie, the main protagonist is very unaware of what is and what isn’t socially acceptable. He is always in his own little world. Charlie tends to think too much and is always blaming himself. He says whatever is on his mind, but sometimes, it’s not the best way to go. Charlie is relatable through his emotions, though the way he thinks is different. Charlie is depressed about the loss of his best friend, Michael, and feels responsible for the death of his aunt. He is haunted by past events (which i will not reveal, for it will give away the story), and those events cause him to look at the world in a different light than most. Sam and Patrick are hilarious and extremely fun characters who contrast against Charlie, and ultimately, help him mature and grow. They are exactly what Charlie needs. All the characters in this novel compliment and contrast perfectly. 
  • The plot was at times very emotional and tear-jerking, but at times funny and very familiar. Charlie goes through a series of normal teenage problems, like being in a bad relationship, losing a friend, loving someone who’s not yours to love and feeling invisible. The plot definitely made me go back to a time where i went through the exact same thing as Charlie, and then, i could relate to him in a very unusual way. It’s as if Charlie understood me and i understood him. 
  • Stephen Chbosky wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the format of a series of letters that Charlie has written anonymously. Usually when i read books in diary form, i get quite bored and impatient because the author mostly writes about his feelings and thoughts on specific events and doesn’t give enough detail on the other aspects of the story, but for this novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the letters are perfect way to retell Charlie’s experiences and really makes the book that much more amazing. 

Rating

  • I give The Perks of Being a Wallflower 4/5 stars. I recommend this book to teenagers from ages 14-17, though i would warn them to read with caution because it could be a very triggering book for those already struggling with Depression. 
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