The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky || Book Review

I don’t know why I haven’t read the book before this year, even though I’ve watched the movie so many times over the years. Now I have.

I related more to this book that I thought I would because some of the realistic situations mentioned in the book I found myself in early in my life, causing me to forget about being a child too early and face things with an adult mind, not even knowing how to do so properly.

This book has been referred to as a classic, but I think it has a couple of more years to go to get there.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter P in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 1999

Pages: 231
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

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.


I love the writing style the author used, writing the book as letters written by Charlie. It kind of plays on a diary as well as telling the reader what is going on in his life.

This book will give you the feels, maybe surface some memories and feelings that you’ve forgotten about, but all the same, you’ll have the feels for Charlie and his struggles. He is honest and deep, even for his age, and it goes to show that without reading knowing or understand yet, what happened to him has an effect on him.

I also have a theory that Charlie could be Autistic.

Sam and Patrick seem mature but actually there’s really nothing mature about them. Underage drinking, drugs and sex doesn’t make you ‘cool‘ but I understand the reasons for this, given that this is set in a school year and the actions of kids are sadly reflected by these kind of decisions to be popular amongst peers.


This book really brings to light the implications and consequences of unresolved childhood trauma, kicking you to the ground when you least expect it.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.22 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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