The Perks of Being a Wallflower is, in my opinion, one of the greatest coming-of-age novels of our time. Written by Stephen Chbosky, this book is written almost as if it were a diary of Charlie, the main character of the book. This makes the book contrast everything students are used to reading for school, or even at home. It touches on a lot of things high schoolers are able to relate to as well, such as parties, different types of friends, and families with older siblings. But, unlike a lot of books that are the coming-of-age type, it mentions a lot of more adult topics, such as suicide, depression, anxiety, sex, death, and homosexuality. What makes this book special to me, though, is the fact that the author manages to stay completely impartial on matters like this, and only looks at these things through Charlie’s perspective, making it all the more relatable to us students who read this book.
It may not be the best book to talk openly about with your friends at lunch or family at your dinner table, but I belive that if you truly want to understand that you are not alone with how you are feeling; that others are experiencing the exact same things; or if you simply want a well-written book to read, then this is the perfect book for you. I highly recommend you read it, and off I go to reread it again for probably the seventh time since I bought it two years ago. Happy reading!