The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a teenage boy, Charlie, writing to an anonymous person about his life after the suicide of his only friend. He mostly writes about his feelings, thoughts, fears and the things he's dealing with at school. He deals with his shyness, bullies, making and losing friends, drugs and drinking. Charlie is a freshmen, but makes friends with two seniors, Patrick and his step-sister Sam who later become his best friends. He also becomes good friends with his english teacher, Bill, who gives Charlie extra books to read and then he writes a essay about them. Charlie's letters are filled with thoughts about what is going on underneath the surface of society. He is also very attached to his Aunt Helen who died on his birthday and he loves her very much. Charlie eventually realizes that his Aunt Helen had sexually abused him and he has a mental breakdown, this gets worse after Sam leaves for college and he is eventually hospitalized. He has has to have therapy and after some time he is able to move on and put the abuse behind him. One of the most important lessons Charlie learns is that to live in realty and not in his head.

My Opinion

I really liked this book because of the way it is written, in an all letter format and I just love the story and how it can teach you a thing or two about life, for example thinking less is better and live in the now instead of the what if. My favorite part was when Patrick, Charlie's friend, told him he's a wallflower because for the first time in Charlie's life, he got noticed. I would't change anything about the book, I think it's amazing how it is. The characters in this book where interesting but in a good way, I liked them.

Recommendation: I recommend this book to people who are into John Green books like The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns, also to people who like depressing books about life.


The book uses modern, everyday language. It is filled with figurative language like this simile, "It was one of those days where I didn't mind going to school because the weather was so pretty. The sky...the air felt like a warm bath" (Charlie 42). And this metaphor " And in that moment, I swear we are infinite" (Charlie 39). Also, this book was simple/ easy to read, I didn't have any difficulties reading it.

Work Cited

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1999. Print.