Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (review by Daphne Y. '16)

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I assumed it to be another one of those fictions popularized by the movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a very good read. The epistolary format allows the reader to connect with Charlie, the protagonist, and relate to the problems he encounters over the course of his freshman year. Charlie is a wallflower due to complications in the past, so he initially has a hard time making friends and socializing with anyone except his English teacher. I found myself mentally giving him advice on every letter. Referencing almost all aspects of life a teenager, the book is very thorough, though sometimes going a bit overboard, such as with the excessive drug abuse. The book is aimed towards all adolescents and maturing teens, but it can be appealing to adults as well, as they can experience or learn about a few things that their kids might be going through. It's really suited for everyone; a great novel to read and discuss with the family! - Daphne Y. '16

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