The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy
Blurb: Charlie is a freshman. And while he is 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 mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world fo sex, drugs and the rocky horror picture show, when is all requires is that one perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie 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.
The story is written in Charlie’s perspective in a series of letters to an unknown person. It is a beautifully written book that takes an unexpected turn at the end which I didn’t expect at all and it really shocked me something I love when reading a book as you usually have some inclining of what will happen. I actually had a tear in my eye at the end of the novel. I loved this book and it was one of the first novels written in the 21st Century that I really loved and made me take a chance on other novels, I pretty much just read a lot of Jane Austen, and Bronte sisters.
I am always dubious about the film adaptation of a book. I read the book long before the film came out and was actually pleasantly surprised by the film it was pretty good. However I would always recommend the book first, but it remained pretty close to the integrity of the book if you have already seen the film and want to read the book there are not to many differences from what I can recall of the film.
I would recommend this book without hesitation, I only read it because my friend told me about it and I was so glad she did.
Verdict: 5 out of 5