Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky


The Perks of Being a WallflowerBook Title: The Perks of being a Wallflower
Author: Stephan Chbosky
Release Date: February 1st, 1999
Reading Format: Audiobook
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐¹/₂

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 finally read this book, and loved it a lot. This is one of those books where I had it on audio the entire time while I was cleaning my house and doing other stuff. No, I don’t own the physical copy at all, but I have seen the film before I even thought about picking the book up.

Shocker, right?

For me, that is one huge shocker because I am that type of reader who will read the book before seeing the film adaptation. That is pretty much how I have wired my brain for years, but when it comes to Perks of being a Wallflower, that was definitely a different situation.

I mean, the film had both Logan Lerman and Emma Watson aka two of my favorite actors in the entire world, so, yeah, I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, back to the book.

After reading this, I realized that it was just like watching the film all over again. I was completely shocked, to be honest. I thought it was going to be a little similar, but I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but, gosh, it was the complete opposite. One of the reasons to love and admire the film a little bit more, in my opinion.


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