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"An original publication of MTV Books/Pocket Books"-- T.p. verso.
A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.
Charlie isn't the biggest geek in school, though he is far from popular. Shy, introspective, and intelligent, he prefers observing over being observed, but as a freshman in high school he must navigate a series of firsts--love, experimentation with drugs, and the loss of a friend. Noted for having "the right combination of realism and uplift" by Kirkus, Charlie’s experiences are told through letters written to an anonymous friend, a technique that heightens his earnestness. Called "strongly powerful in a manner that diary or letter style books rarely achieve," by one Amazon customer, another explained, "Charlie's realizations are eye opening for us, and we are so captivated and immersed in his life that his life and stories become a very real experience." Deftly told and so very true-to-life, The Perks of Being a Wallflower embodies everything a coming-of-age novel should.
It's impossible not to love the narrator of this book, he's sensitive, sweet and honest and as the story progresses, love for him begins to transform into pity and concern.
This book does an excellent job of capturing the experience of being a teenager - from the awkwardness, to the angst, to the joy of discovering you belong to a group of idolized new friends.
While the music and movies referenced here weren't as much a part of my experiences, I think every reader can relate to the group mania that emerges around whatever bands or movies accurately replace these in their experience.