Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Young Adult / Fiction / Contemporary
I think this book might have the most impact for teens around the same age as Charlie and going through the same sort of situations in regards to school. However I read this in my early 20’s and it still really resonated with me.
Like I said above I read this in my early 20’s and at first I wasn’t sold by the format (letters) of the book but I was quickly gripped by the actual message of the book. I absolutely adore this book and I still think about it on a regular basis today years after initially reading it. If you’re looking for a quick but full of impact read this one!