The Perks of Reading This Book

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

– Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

My absolute favorite book of all time is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I might have mentioned it once or twice, but I don’t believe I’ve really gotten into why I love it so much.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a true piece of literary art. I’ve read hundreds of books, but none of them have just spoken to me as much as this one.

What is the book about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie, a freshmen in high school, as he writes to a mysterious somebody who he can tell all his problems to. Charlie experienced his friend’s suicide the year before and is a bit lost. His family is a bit estranged in a way, no one really talks to each other. As he starts high school, he meets Patrick and Samantha, who are step-siblings. They take him in and guide him through high school and make him really enjoy himself for the first time in a long while. The entire novel explores every topic, no matter how taboo.

What is the best part of this book?

In my opinion, everyone enjoys different things about books. Some people like the characters, others the plot, some even just the writing style. For me, it’s sort of everything. Chbosky includes lots of different media and literature into the story, such as Catcher in the Rye and This Side of Paradise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Graduate. Another thing I love is the dark undertone. Beneath all of the fun partying and teen angst, there is always this deep, dark part that just creates that longing to understand it. Of course, I won’t give away why it has this undertone, but you will definitely want to read to find out. I think my absolute favorite part is how relatable Charlie is. You feel like he really is your friend and telling you all these things. And no matter what you are going through, you can always find comfort through him.

Does this book have any fun in it?

It doesn’t have so much fun as it does have joyous moments. Charlie really puts you in his shoes and when he is happy, it makes you feel happy. But no, there is no rare comic hilarity.

Who is your favorite character?

Charlie.  No, Patrick. Patrick is Sam’s gay step-brother, and I think that through his humiliation of the boy he loves not loving him back he stays strong. He really is inspirational and I kind of want a step-brother like him.

Would you recommend this book to others? Why?

I would most definitely recommend this book to someone else, especially someone who is going to start high school. It reaches all aspects of being a teenager, so I would have definitely would have benefited from reading it before high school, not a year into it.

All in all, I do recommend reading this book. Hopefully, you will all read this and think, “Oh, this sounds interesting. I think I’m going to go to the public library and read it.” It truly was something I loved reading. And if you would rather read a vampire book, guess what? THAT PHASE IS OVER!

As for the movie? Yes, they are making a film based on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I’m pretty excited. Logan Lerman will play as Charlie and Emma Watson will play as Sam. Two of my favorite actors playing in the adaptation of my favorite book! Life doesn’t get much better 😀

Thank you for reading, and please pick up a copy of the book. And if you do read it and don’t like it, please comment so!


5 thoughts on “The Perks of Reading This Book

  1. Have you ever read any of Tim O’Brien’s books? If you like the dark undertone of this one you might really enjoy O’Brien’s works. He’s one of my favorite authors. 😀

    See: “The Things They Carried” and “July, July”

  2. I officially love you! Get to a public library and read! 😀
    (I work in a library)

    I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my to-read list. Right now I am reading “Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother.” It’s okay. Definitely not the best.
    You might want to try…

    Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan (on audio its spectacular, but book is also good)

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood (old, but good)

    Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

    The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Sara Ryan (Zombies, ignore the silly love triangle aspect–the rest is AWESOME.)

    That’s just a handful of my favorites–let me know if you try any and like them!

    1. Of that list I have read The Hunger Games, but only halfway. I love the idea of the book and all that it’s about but I’m not crazy about the writing. It’s like when people read Catcher in the Rye, they think the view is really confusing and the writing is weird but love the story.

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