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 simple, direct, and pure.
The way Chbosky portrays the main character Charlie, makes the life of a wallflower seem less paintful, and in fact more inviting. Charlie himself is adorable and Chbosky does a wonderful job with his development. The supporting characters are all just as considerable. Nothing is more fascinating than the end of the novel, when already on the seat of your chair, your are provided the ultimate revelation, and all aspects of Charlie's life and character up to that point suddenly mean something different.
Though undoubtedly entertaining, one of my favorite aspects of the book is how Chbosky incorporates music and literature education into the novel. As he romanticizes the sound of The Smiths, he introduces and makes interesting many literary classics that teens would not necessarily ever pick up.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is well beyond most of its fellow works of the young adult persuasion. Most teen books today are superficial and distastefully saucy. Chbosky's novel is noble, yet unsensored. The novel is by no means dramatic make-believe, but instead rather accurate. For a quick but sweet read, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is recommended to all readers.
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