The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book Review

hr_The_Perks_of_Being_a_Wallflower_8Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
ISBN: 978-1451696196
Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 14+ (Grade 9+)

Reviewed by Cassandra Hsiao

Written in the form of letters from protagonist Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower explores the rocky rollercoaster of adolescence. As Charlie makes his way through his first year in high school, two seniors, Sam and Patrick, take him under their wings. For the first time in his life, Charlie feels accepted as part of a group. The book boldly hits issues such as drugs, sexuality, and trauma that the three friends must navigate through. Charlie learns that even in the pitch-black darkness teens experience when they hit rock bottom, there are still moments of embracing the wind and a feeling of infinity.

What makes the book such a precious gem lies in Charlie’s straightforward narration. His wallflower personality comes through in his simple sentence structure, honest thought, and silent observations—and yet throughout the whole book he retains the unidentifiable charm that makes him so likeable. Charlie’s utter loneliness and confusion leaps off the page, but the book balances poignant moments with a sprinkle of heartbreaking humor and hope. Much like other YA realistic novels out there, Perks is largely character-driven, and author Stephen Chbosky’s creation of quiet Charlie, gorgeous Sam, and wild ring-leader Patrick will live infinitely in the minds of readers.

First published @ County of Los Angeles Public Library

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on August 1, 2014, in Books Review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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