The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.
Plot: Charlie is a high school student who struggles to “participate”. He writes letters to someone known only as “Friend”, telling them about his experiences and struggles with high school life as a wallflower.
My Comments: Overall, I wasn’t really a fan of this book. The format of the letters made it difficult to follow and the writing style wasn’t for me. I struggled to read the book at the beginning, it wasn’t interesting, and the only reason I didn’t stop reading it was because I was determined to finish it after buying it.
I will say it brings up some very important topics: abuse, mental health, drugs and addiction, and loneliness, and trigger warnings are necessary for these things. And it really shows the effect that the events have on Charlie through the first person perspective.
I think that parents or adults that read this book will really see the trials and tribulations that teenagers go through, so they can maybe cut us some slack.
The main reason I personally didn’t enjoy the book was because it didn’t really have a singular story line, other than Charlie’s mental health. And it constantly repeated the word “incidentally” which got very annoying, very fast.
I think that this was an important book for me to read, and I recommend that if you’re starting high school or college, it’s important for you too. I’m glad I read it all the way through, even if I didn’t enjoy it too much.
Rating: 3 stars