The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a 256-page drama novel published by MTV on February 1, 1991. The story is written in a series of letters to an anonymous friend by the protagonist and main character Charlie who is very sensitive and has a lot of feelings along with being a wallflower. In the letters he reveals his secrets, stories, and also his worries and fears in life. The novel takes place in Western Pennsylvania. Charlie is entering his freshman year of high school dealing with life, death, love, sexuality, drugs, and figuring out who he is. Throughout the book Charlie experiences many good and bad situations. For example, Charlie enters school without any companions but is befriended by a group of seniors named Sam, Patrick, and Brad. Being friends with the group of seniors allowed Charlie to open up and make additional friends instead of being a wallflower. A regretful situation Charlie experienced was being pressured into doing drugs and smoking which gets him into a great deal of trouble with his parents with who?
Never start off a paragraph with I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a very enjoyable novel to read because the author chose to write about what it’s like to experience high school for the first time. It was interesting to read about the funny and tough experiences Charlie went through in his first year of high school. I also liked how Stephen Chbosky described the characters with a lot of detail; it made the story very realistic. I think the author did a good job writing the book on realistic topics and that reading Charlie’s letter seemed as if the letters were written to me.
After reading the novel I think Stephen Chbosky achieved the goal of reaching out to teenagers, and writing about topics that happen in high school everyday. There were many strengths and weaknesses of the novel. A major strength of the book was that it shows the connection between