‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

Book Review | Rating – 4/5 | Genre – Young Adult

Charlie is a shy ‘wallflower’ trying to make his way through life at high-school and adolescents. He struggles with first-kisses, family drama, anxiety, and the local production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

What did I like?

For me, I enjoyed how realistic the characters felt. As someone who never felt comfortable with who they were at school, the anxiety that Charlie feels at school really resonated with me. It also deals with Charlie’s issues in a very careful yet realistic manner.

I also really enjoyed there use of Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical that is a perfect representation of how outcasts can still celebrate themselves. It is a great catalyst to help Charlie confront is own issues.

Why 4/5?

The averaging review is mainly spurred on by my continued love for the book. I always end up coming round to reading it again.

It just missed out on a full 5/5 as there is something about Charlie’s

Do I recommend it?

It is a great book for those who enjoy a more realistic coming of age book. The characters come across more realistic and relatable than other “coming of age” books I’ve read before.


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