The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

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Brilliant book. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written as though it is a series of letters to a mysterious ‘friend’ about the life of the main character, Charlie, and his recently found friends.

As with yesterday’s book, this is one that I had watched before I discovered that it was originally a book but, when reading the book afterwards, I was happy to discover that they hadn’t deviated from the plot of the book at all.

 

 

This was a book that came up when I was searching the library for a recently ‘out’ student who wanted to read books with LGBT+ characters. It was not one that I was able to give to him though because of the mentions of self harm and suicide attempt of the main character. Charlie is a highly realised character and it struck notes of resonance with me as he listens to the same song repeatedly throughout the story as I did on all of my own attempts.

 

This book hits on some hard topics from the very beginning, from abuse, to suicide, to drug use but all of them are tackled in a way in which they add to the story and enable people to find out what people may be feeling when they go through these things. As a teen, I related highly to the characters that were written, LGBT*, self harming, suicidal, an outcast.

 

While I normally dislike books written in this style due to their segmented plot, the method of writing the book through letters actually adds to the plot in this book and I am glad that it was the chosen method.

 

Love Always,

Charlie


5 out of 5 stars


Accelerated Reader Information

Level: UY

Points: 9.0

Interest Level: 4.8

Quiz Number: 224977

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