My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had wanted to read this book since it came out, back when I was in high school. I finally got the chance and it was worth the wait. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the most amazing and inspiring books that I’ve ever read. I can understand why it has amassed such a following.
Through the letters by Charlie, Chbosky is able to express the excitement and pain of being a teenager. This book doesn’t gloss over tough issues like rape, abuse, and suicide. It actually deals with them in a way that so many other books don’t. Actually, it is more respectful of them than even some therapists are.
I can honestly say that this book made me laugh and cry. It was so heart-breaking when a character would go through something painful, but it was also so wonderful because there was always a lesson learned from it. Chbosky gave insight and strength to the sufferers in a way that made them heroes, instead of just victims. And that was just beautiful.
I would definitely recommend this novel to young people and to adults. It is incredible and should be something that everyone tries to read at some point in his or her life.