Saturday, September 14

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Pages: 213

Summary: It is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: For the most part liked the book, I wouldn't say I loved it, but it was well written. The author captures Charlie's voice incredibly well, and shows his struggles through tying to find himself during his high school years, and trying to be accepted. It also covers a lot of issues surrounding mental illness and the struggles it causes. Both by those who struggle with it, along with how it affects those who are close to people who struggle with it.

I think how the author chose to tell Charlie's story was also a great way to really get deep into Charlie's mind. I had a hard time connecting with him on an emotional level, but I think those who are closer to the audience level of the book, or are in similar circumstances to what Charlie is experiencing will really connect to the book on an emotional level. With that being said, I also disliked this method to tell the story, because there were times I wanted to know more than what Charlie was telling us, what he saw and experienced, and I never really got that.

One other thing I didn't like was that I felt it became a little repetitive in the day to day life of what Charlie was telling us, especially in the middle of the book. I was hoping the story would push forward a little faster. I was waiting for the reveal - which was done extremely well, but I think it took longer than needed to get there.

In the end, it was a good book, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I were younger and much closer to Charlie's age.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it is definitely better suited for the YA audience. Adults would appreciate it, but it being a young adult book, I think young adults or fans of young adult fiction would appreciate it more.

What to read next: Norwegian Wood, Speak

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge, New Author Challenge


  1. Have you seen the movie? And how does the book compare? I watched the movie on an airplane and was pleasantly surprised. But most of the movie selections at 30 000 ft are not up my alley.

    1. I haven't watched the movie yet, so I really can't. I'm on the fence about that one. Not exactly my type of movie, although if it was on TV I'd check it out. It would be interesting to see how they addressed certain things. Especially considering the book is based off of letter.

  2. I've wanted to read this one for awhile, and more so since the film (because I'd like to watch it, too, but, book first!). My hunch is that I wouldn't find those sections repetitive; I like the sense of being pulled into a character's world, even if it's sometimes monotonous there, and what's more tedious (at times) than a coming-of-age novel, but I love fiction set in that time of life all the same.