Author: Stephen Chbosky
Summary: Charlie, a shy and naive 15-year-old, is trying to come to terms with the suicide of his best friend and cope with his own mental illness. About to begin high school and unsure of how to feel, Charlie starts to write letters to a stranger he heard is nice. In these letters we follow Charlie through the ups and downs of high school as he learns about love, friendship, and stepping out of your comfort zone.
How many stars would you give this book and why? I would rate this book 10/10 stars. The letter format is intriguing and the story flows beautifully. Each letter is like a chapter. All of the characters are well-developed and I feel like I know each of them personally.
I started reading it because… I loved the title of the book, as well as the cover page…
I kept reading because… I fell in love with the characters and their friendship.
What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of… I loved Patrick (one of Charlie’s friends). He is one of the funniest characters I have ever come across and his presence in the book makes it a million times better.
Anything else we should know… The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now a major motion picture. Released in 2012 the author (Stephen Chbosky) also directed the movie. The film and its soundtrack are both incredible.
Websites of Interest: Here’s a link to the movie trailer.
–Laura, 16, Greenwood
Editor’s Note: Perks is one of those books that just keeps drawing people in! Check out our other reviews of this title! Many different contexts, but all love all the time. 🙂
- Perks, Regina, West Seattle, 9/24/14
- Loren’s Top Five Teen Books, Loren, Central, 4/20/14
- Your Next Five Books, pushtotalk, 10/13/13
- Sarah’s Top 11 Books of All Time!, Sarah, Greenwood, 8/2/13
- TR: Looking for Alaska (read-a-like), Natalie, Northeast, 1/19/13
- Ballard HS Suggests Fiction (post lost the pretty in our migration, lol), Ballard, 12/14/2007