This book has been on my list for absolutely ages! I saw that the film had come out and decided I wanted to read the book first. Um so I googled it and that film came out in 2012. I really mean it when I say I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages! So now I’ve read it, I can give you a review and also I can watch the film. I definitely enjoyed reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the ending was so cute!
Originally I thought it took a little too long to get into the plot of the book. It is split into sections and as you read, you realise how valuable the first part is to the understanding of the novel. Charlie is the main character in the book and he is a freshmen but makes friends with people older. He talks of his struggle to fit in and his conflict with his family. I feel like Charlie’s submission to peer pressure and his want to fit in is such a relatable trait in today’s youth.
Stephen Chbosky is a really talented author. He writes the book in such a way to make it seem like it is Charlie’s diary but also makes you feel present. It is a really nice touch making the book a collection of letters to a friend. This lets us feel like as the reader we are really a big part of Charlie’s life. It’s as if he is sharing his life with us.
Charlie is a relatable character to so many young people and his story of acceptance and speaking up is so influential. The title of the novel really does a good job at exactly describing Charlie’s temperament. We see how he evolves through the book from a shy and reserved character to a more outgoing teenager. This is something to mention, the book is more of a ‘follow the characters’ book as opposed to a real plot line. Don’t get me wrong there is still a plot line but more emphasis is placed on how Charlie changes and the influences from his friends and family.
If you study Psycology or English Lit this will probably be an interesting read for you. You can probably get inside of the head of the writer’s head better than I can. If you have read this book or watched the film I’d love to here your thoughts!!