The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chbosky
WARNING: This book has been included on the American Library Association’s annual “10 Most Frequently Challenged Books” list. It contains instances of drugs, suicide, and other potentially disturbing material. However, it was so good that I read it all in one day!
How many terrible things can one boy witness? For Charlie, the answer is a lot. He is a wallflower, someone who stands on the sidelines, never joining in. It’s his freshman year of high school, and he is struggling to break out of his shell. This book is like Charlie’s diary, written as a series of intimate letters from him to an anonymous person.
Charlie writes about kissing, getting high and dancing to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I really liked the way he holds nothing back as he describes these sometimes scary, sometimes thrilling experiences. Read this coming-of-age tale to see what high school is like through a wallflower’s eyes.
This book has been made into a major motion picture starring Emma Watson (from Harry Potter), Logan Lerman (from Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), and Ezra Miller. The movie is due to be released in September 2012!