The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a WallflowerSynopsis from Goodreads: 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.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.Number of pages: 213

My review: Honestly, everyone and their mother has done a review of this book. Just go read it. Please, right now, do it. After I finished reading it (during which I laughed and cried) I wrote down a list of things I was feeling so I could better explain how I felt once I was finished. I knew it would be a week or so before I wrote this review so this is what I felt a week ago:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Disbelief
  • Humbled 
  • Content 
  • Out of body
  • Melancholy
  • Wise
  • Perceptive 

Then, I decided to reread it and I started noticing that it had some really, really good quotes, but it was definitely better during the first read through. Maybe because I started noticing more things and maybe because after the first reading of any book you’re kind of let down by reading it again immediately afterwards. I definitely need to come back to this again in a few months.

But seriously, go read it. I know people who never ever read and they loved this book so please take the time to go read it. Also, if anyone has seen the movie and they enjoyed it, or hated it, or felt it was/was not close to the book please let me know! I still need to see it and would like a few opinions!
See you soon!
P.S. This review is so short that there is literally nothing I can say about this book which has already not been said. And it’s one of those things you just have to experience on your own. You’ll either love it or hate it so go read it and decide. 

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