Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Teenage suicide is one of the premises of the award winning book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” –authored by Stephen Chbosky-where a 15 year old kid’s best friend takes his own life a year before the start of the book. This leaves him to face his first year at high school (and the inconveniences that accompany it) alone.

This book, set in 1991, is organized as a progression of letters to a mysterious individual. The protagonist goes by the name of Charlie. The writer addresses numerous different issues, such as adolescent pregnancy, homosexuality, and assault into one transitioning book. Chbosky recounts a really touching story. Be that as it may, he accomplishes more than just story telling.

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Chobsky’s “The Perks of being a Wallflower” begins off with Charlie sending a letter to an unknown friend who he constantly sends mysterious letters to without an address. He clarifies that he observed “you” to be a decent individual, who tunes in, and cares. He feels good keeping in touch with this individual (the reader) about circumstances that are going ahead in his life, insecurities, and things that are imperative to him. At first his only worries are over beginning high school, his new surroundings, and making new friends. As he keeps composing the letters, he appears to open up more. His composition turns out to be more personal as though he were writing in a diary.

“He later opens up about issues of death, sexuality, and friendships/family. He first tells about how his friend committed suicide and how it is kills him to not know the reasons why. He additionally talks about the loss of his close relative and how he felt that she was the special case who really understood him.”

He later makes friends with two seniors named Patrick and Sam. He starts to develop love for Sam however is turned down by her on account of age. Charlie intermittently trusts in the reader with family issues and is really sensitive to everything around him.

Verdict: As the story advances, Charlie adapts new things about himself and the general people he watches. It gets to be obvious that the more he finds out about the world, the more he develops. He communicates his uniqueness through his affection for music and composing.

Charlie once in a while has episodes of trauma and depression because of youth injury. He is frequently quelled with unexplainable feeling and is ignorant of the source of his trouble. He depicts his emotions towards his life to be “[…] both happy and sad and [..] Still trying to figure out how that could be.”

What I love about this novel is Charlie’s philosophical musings on life. I like how he spends pages portraying something fundamental, and afterward will include a sentence onto the end of his letter depicting something greater which has happened; verging on like he has overlooked, and he all of a sudden recollects. I feel it’s the easily overlooked details like this which genuinely make the novel identify with genuine living. The blurb on the front of Perks portrays Charlie as ‘an introvert, discovered between attempting to carry on with his life and attempting to keep running from it’.

I think this is depicted flawlessly all through the novel. His use of drugs and liquor is an escape from life, yet becoming friends with seniors and working obediently on the work which his teacher sets him indicates he is attempting to carry on with his life, despite being one of the unpopular children.

In spite of the fact that I love the book, I am by all account not the only one who thinks so. It has won different awards, for example, the ALA Best Books for Young Adults grant, (for the year 2000) the ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults award, (for the year 2002) and the ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers award (additionally for the year 2000.)

Chbosky has a distinctive writing style. He is able to capture a variety of things with a few selected words. This is only one reason why I fell hopelessly in love with this charming story. It showed me to understand things from with an improved point of view, only one of the “perk” of this really stunning book.

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