Release Date: February 1, 1999
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
I really had no idea how The Perks of Being a Wallflower was going to be when I opened up the pages. The things I did know were a) it has over a million copies in print, so it’s very popular b) it’s told in letters to a completely unknown recipient c) there’s going to be a movie and Emma Watson is going to be in it. That last one is what made me buy the book! I wanted to read it before the movie comes out. Like I said though I really had no idea what to expect, what I found was one of the most honest and unique narratives I have ever read.
Charlie is worried about starting high school and to make himself feel better he starts writing letters to someone. That someone is never revealed throughout the story and I think that only adds to the atmosphere. Charlie is a very unique character. He’s very, very sensitive. I don’t know how to explain it other than at first you get the sense that he has autism or at least some sort of mental health issue. As the story progresses so does Charlie and you really start to forget about his mental state. He definitely grows throughout the story too as he starts learning things about himself and making friends. He is shockingly smart. A genius, really. And he has no idea.
There are times during the story when it is so easy to think of Charlie as a normal teenage boy, but then he will tell you a story from his past that will completely knock your socks off and make you realize all over again that this is a very troubled boy. A troubled, very endearing boy. He has went through so much and stood by as bad things happened, but you can’t get mad at him for that. Instead it brought out a very protective feeling in me. I wanted to sit Charlie down and have a heart to heart with him. I love any author that can make me feel so strongly for a character, for a story all together.
Every page of The Perks of Being a Wallflower makes you feel something. Whether it be horror about things Charlie has experienced or being filled with heartwarming joy at the kindness of Charlie’s friends. This book is really something special.
I urge to read this book if you haven’t. It’s one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time to come. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is one of those rare books that leave just a tiny bit different than when it found you.
Also, I’m very interested in seeing how the movie will play out since it it told in a very unique perspective. How are the letters going to play into the movie? Who knows, but I feel reassured that Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay and is directing the movie. You can’t go wrong with that. I’m really anxious to see it!