Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Jun •  30 •  2013
Review: The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Series: Stand Alone
Published by MTV Books and Pocket Books on February 1, 1999
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: Bought
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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 really don’t know what to say really about this book except how brilliant and magical it was. I am going to be completely honest when I say this. I felt I was literally walking alongside the characters when reading the book. I know how many people they feel they do this (me being one of them) but this seriously this book was so down to earth and out there with scenes that I thought would be held back but it wasn’t and although it did take me a couple days to read the book, I was extremely happy

Plot: The way the book is set up, it is written like a journal and what I liked about how it was written was that we felt all the emotion and feelings that I felt that we don’t get from many other books. This book was able to capture my attention from the very beginning and kept hold of it.

Character: OMG I LOVE Charlie!!! I do. I wanted to jump inside of the book and give him a hug. This was a journey that I took with him and his friends Sam and Patrick. The three friends made the book what it was and yes the author was the person who created these beautiful characters but although he created them, I felt they took off on their own and made the book what it is. Going back to the beginning, I felt they were real and that is what really captured the book for me.

Romance: So the romance is something I could relate to in this book and everything. I felt that there was betrayal, hurt, and confusion but above all there was happiness and love and joy that I was able to relate to on a personal level. The romance that was presented in this work of art is something I have not seen much in a novel and this is something that can make this novel stand out on top.

Ending: The ending is what really struck a chord with me. With the novel we were able to realize something that many people might not be able to have caught onto when they first started the novel and that is something that I find interesting in the novel. The hidden messages are the ones that usually strike a chord with the reader.

This book gave me a eye opener on the person I would love to be and it made me feel. Sounds crazy but it did. Not many books can do this with a reader and I am glad I ventured out and took the time to read this book and let it take me on an adventure.

I give it 5 bites!




  1. I loved this book! I also watched the movie adaptation, which was great 🙂 The characters were believable and strong, and Charlie was SUCH an amazing guy. He was imperfect yes, but that only served to highlight his perfections to me 🙂 Great review 😀

  2. I’ve never read the book but know many people who did. It’s a classic! I did see the movie and absolutely loved it. It also probably helps that I love Logan Lerman and Emma Watson 🙂 I still want to read the actual novel. It sounds like the writing style was unique and something I would love reading. Thanks for the review!

  3. Farah
    Jul 1, 2013

    It’s an interesting fact that the book was written like a journal… This sounds like a very interesting book, and a lot of people have been adding it to their favorites list! Great review!
    – Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. I just got this movie from the library. I haven’t read the book, but I plan on it. It sounds awesome. I want to see the movie first though, because I don’t want the movie to suck for me if it doesn’t do the book justice.

  5. I’ve been wanting to read this one as well as see the movie. I so need to now! Great review!