The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Book Review

Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of being a Wallflower is best described as a coming of age story with a large heaping of 90’s nostalgia. It is of course much more than that description.

Below is my review. For more information on how and why I review books read my post here.

Characters

Each of the characters is unique, beautiful, and human. Everything felt real and all the reactions were as puzzling as when I was in high school.

For characters, I give it 5 out of 5

Writing Style

I’ll be completely honest, I hate diary/letter novels. I find they lack a level of scope and depth that most first person narratives achieve. There are exceptions of course. I loved the Beka Cooper novels and I loved this one.

There is nothing better to put you into the mind of an angsty teen than to see and feel things from his perspective.

The letters also managed to create a proper structure to the narrative.

For what it was, it was good. I give it 4 out of 5.

Story

The story is much more dramatic than anything that happened to me as a kid. There is way to much substance abuse for my taste but it feels like the kind of novel that has something to teach. I would highly encourage teens to read the novel critically. Analyze as you read. “Don’t be a sponge.”

I give the story 4 out of 5

Fun

The first half of this novel is exciting and down right fun. The second half is still fun but sad, and painful. Overall I loved this book but some parts are hard emotionally.

I give it 4 out of 5 for fun

Overall

Final score is 85%

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