If you have ever known someone, or been someone, who says all the wrong things to all of the wrong people, but with all of the right feelings in your heart, than you can relate to this book. You are a Charlie. If you've ever known someone, or been someone, who longs to be noticed and maybe loved by the right person for the right reasons, but often find yourself on the wrong side of their affection, you are probably a Charlie.
I never really read any Teen Fiction until I worked as a children's store clerk at a local independent bookstore in my hometown. One of my coworkers accused me of being a literary snob and found Perks in a stack of our communal readers in the store's break room. I was reluctant. The last time I'd read a book considered "teen" fiction I was a teenager. What could possibly resonate with me? I took Perks home and didn't put it down. I was won over. I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of whether or not they were a lover or reader of what is traditionally called "teen fiction". This is not a story with a limited audience. Any socially awkward dork or dreamer can probably find a home in these pages.
This book is a must-read for teens and adults alike. Striking chords similar in tone to that of "The Catcher in the Rye", "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" follows an impressionable and socially awkward boy through life as he hopes to eventually know it. Throughout the text, Charlie falls in love, tries LSD, contemplates masturbation, deals with an epic family secret, and discusses life and dying. Charlie is our tour-guide through his life, which is full of problems … more
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is recommended to any and every teen. It a continually engaging fast read. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is for boys and girls alike. It's a tale of loneliness, romance, and youth culture. It's relatable. It's hilarious. It's tear-jerking. and It's jaw-dropping. It's even educational. It's everything a novel should be. Written as a a diary, the style of writing is … more
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a gripping story of growing up and of finding out what it even means to grow up. In this tale a young boy struggles to fit in, experiments with drugs and falls in and out of love with a girl. Tackling tough issues of suicide, drugs, sex and high school drama it is a story that feels very real. The reference to The Smith's was my first introduction to the band and from there they have become my favorite. This book will make you laugh and cry. You … more
Makes you think about what being a 'wallflower' means and makes you see how it really isn't a negative thing. I always considered myself to be a 'wallflower' and this made me come to see it as a good thing.
I haven't read it in years, but I would recommend this book to any teenager. I know it's a cliche for my generation, and in some ways it is overrated, but it's one of a handful of books that totally changed my life.