Week 12: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Review

Hey readers! It’s been a long time since my last post and trust me I feel horrible. I’ve been so busy with my studies and other activities that I couldn’t read at all last week. Nonetheless, I managed to read another YA novel and I’m going to review the same today. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. First of all, let me say this that I just love the term ‘wallflower’—partly because I’m a wallflower myself but whatever. This book is an epistolary novel. I’ve never read epistolary novels. I was supposed to read The Diary Of a Young Girl by Anne Frank last year and I was really excited as well but then the school curriculum changed and I haven’t been able to get my hands on it ever since 😦 .

The novel comprises of letters and the most interesting thing about them is that the author does not reveal his identity and addresses himself and the other characters in the plot with fictional names, and throughout the book we don’t even know the real name of the protagonist or even the name of the person who receives these letters. The writer of these letters introduces himself as Charlie ( we don’t even know the surname). Charlie is a wallflower. A wallflower is usually described as a person who sits in the corner at parties and does not ‘participate’; except that Charlie never went to parties as he didn’t have any friends…till he found Nothing.

The letters tell us all about Charlie’s freshman year at high school. The year his life actually turned around and he had friends for the first time ever in his life. He had people whom he could rely upon. With whom he had the most amazing year of his life. I absolutely loved this book. As Charlie explores what it is like to be a teenager, I couldn’t relate more. I’m an ambivert myself and I know what it is like to be introverted. If you ask me, I honestly won’t be able to summarise this book to you. I don’t even know what I love about this book so much but I just do. It’s a weird feeling which I wasn’t ever familiar with. The simple writing style just makes you remember the innocence of your childhood and it just fills you with warmth. There are several points in this book where you just sympathise with Charlie and just wish the best for him. This book makes you laugh and cry at the same time. This book kind of felt like The Catcher In the Rye which is another book that I just love.

To all those who are confused between whether to watch the movie or read the book, I would recommend reading the book as it is much better.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Happy Reading, Sidh.

20 thoughts on “Week 12: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Review”

  1. Hi Sidh! I loved your review. I have watched the movie and loved it but I think it’s time for me to read the book now.!
    P.S. Love the name of your blog!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you loved my review. Yes I really think you should try the book. Wow, I’m so happy you liked the name as I was so dubious while choosing it.😊

  2. Loved this book, and actually read it only recently for the first time. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. If anyone has any book recommendations or books that you want me to review in mind then you can always comment.😊

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog 🥰🥰🥰
    This book has been around for a good bit and has been sitting in my TBR for a while. It’s amongst a bunch of other “books I’ve heard a lot about but have yet to read” 😅 Great review!

  5. Hi Sidh… I loved the review and it is now on my TBR.
    P.S. I too was looking forward to reading The Diary of a young girl- Anne Frank… but sadly it was removed from our syllabus 😦

    1. Hi! Thank you so much! It’s a great book and you should definitely read it. I might read The Diary of a Young Girl soon so yay!😊

    1. Hey! Thank you so much! I’m extremely apologetic for replying to my comments so late. I loved the film as well. I read your review. It’s brilliant. I look forward to reading more reviews by you. 🙂

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