The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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 mix 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 he 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.
I almost feel like I can’t do this book justice in a review. This is the sort of book you get a hangover from, and you can’t pick up a new book just yet because you’re still thinking about it. While I was reading this, it sort of hit me how real it was. There are thousands of people like Charlie, but sometimes we need reminders like this book so we won't forget.
Charlie isn’t the only one with skeletons in his closet. And everyone else’s skeletons keep leaping out at other people. We don’t know where Charlie lives or if that’s even his real name (due to his need to stay anonymous), but while reading this book, I felt really connected to him. Like the letters were for me. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a special sort of book that can make you feel like it was meant for you..
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