by Jessica Ham
Do you like young love and humor? Then you will love The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is narrated by a teenager going by the alias Charlie. He describes several scenes in his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person who he does not know personally.
This book takes place in a suburb in Pittsburg during the early 1990s, when Charlie is a high school freshman. Charlie is the wallflower the book’s title speaks of and in the beginning of the book Charlie is shy and unpopular. A little ways into the book Charlie meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors, and becomes close friends with them right away. They go on little adventures and expose Charlie to the world around him.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower has many pop culture references such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, It’s A Wonderful Life, To Kill A Mockingbird, and many more. It is a novel you can relate to because it covers so many things a teenager could possibly go through. And all of us have been/are/or will be a teenager.
Wallflower covers several topics such as introversion and the awkward times surrounding adolescence. It also covers issues such as drugs, homosexuality, sex, and suicide. Because of these issues being somewhat controversial, this book has been banned in several places. Even though, I do not think this book is radical enough to be banned.
It is a beautiful book full of humorous stories and sweet teenage love. Charlie, Sam, and Patrick are very close. The friendship warms your heart. They teach Charlie to be himself and that life is worth living. So, don’t pay attention to the controversial issues, because that is not what the book is about. The book is about learning to feel infinite and learning to embrace being you, even if you are a wallflower.
This book is on my top ten list of favorite books. I laughed, I cried, and it warmed my heart on every page. So I suggest that you pick up this wonderful coming of age book. You won’t regret it.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower has been made into a movie that will be released on September 21. Watch KRL for a review of the movie.
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