The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a novel by Stephen Chbosky, follows a series of letters that are written by a boy named Charlie. However, the person to which these letters are addressed to is not revealed, either for intentional or unintentional purposes, it does a great job of depicting the story. The Perks of Being a Wallflower may seem like your typical coming-of-age narrative, what with its family problems, making new friends, teen rebellion, and football games, but there is a twist. Charlie observes life and the lives of other people. He sees things, and he understands. He’s existent, but uses thought as an excuse to not participate in life. Charlie is a wallflower, and when a friend of his points this out, he makes it his goal to try to become a man more of action and less of being consumed by his thoughts. Charlie describes this feeling as “being infinite.”
Charlie’s thoughts are filled with utmost sincerity and pureness that he is automatically deemed a lovable character. It makes you wonder how an adult author manages to illustrate the confinement of the mind of such an innocent, yet wise, adolescent, but Chbosky fails to disappoint his readers. Chbosky’s novel makes teens everywhere able to relate, and even adults feel a sense of nostalgia to their days of growing up through it’s underground humor and self-discovering years.
If you haven’t read this book yet, then for once I’m encouraging you to join the hype and get yourself a copy. A movie based on this novel is currently in theatres, and I cannot wait to see it!