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 Charlie 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.
I think the blurb of this book sums it up quite well really. Charlie makes friends at school who are older than him and he learns a lot from them. He also becomes very close to his English teacher who gives him extra books to do and reports to write on them. He however isn’t a normal boy and he is still dealing with a loss in his family that has continued to effect him more than everyone knows.
The book is written as a series of letters to an unknown ‘friend’. This is a style I like as I find it easy to read. Although I enjoyed this book I feel a little bit underwhelmed by it. There wasn’t a major incident in it and it just felt a little bit ‘meh’. Maybe I have missed the point a bit and it is a really good English book but I never liked English at school. Overall I’m glad I read the book and I think I will go and see the film.