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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
This review was originally posted on Goodreads.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Closer to 2.5 stars. This just didn’t work for me. It never cracked the surface of any of the issues presented. Abortion, rape, molestation, homosexuality. And all we get is a “Hey, this happened. I feel bad. Moving on…” Charlie seemed like a 10 year old for most of the book. I thought he was autistic at one point. The supporting cast all seemed flat also, which I think is a result of the epistolary format, seeing only from Charlie’s very limited perspective. A friend mentioned to me that Emma Watson wasn’t right for Sam, but I disagree. ANYONE could’ve played such a generic character. I get why Charlie just let stuff happen to him, but I didn’t think it was executed well.