The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

New York: Pocket Books, 1999.

ISBN: 0671027344

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Written by: Stephen Chbosky

Reviewed by: Trevor Staffieri

Recommended Audience: High School and above

     The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes place in the 1990’s in a Pittsburgh suburban high school. The book talks about many of the things kids in high school face every day. The whole book is written as letters from Charlie to an unknown person. The letters can vary from what they did for dinner to Charlie having intense flashbacks. This is a very good book for someone in high school or above.

     Charlie is a fifteen year old boy who writes letters to an unknown person. In these letters Charlie describes his fear of high school because his best and only friend Michael committed suicide in eighth grade. On the first day of high school the only friend Charlie makes is his English teacher, Bill. Bill challenges Charlie to put himself out there. On the night of the first football game Charlie gets befriended by two seniors, Sam and Patrick. Patrick is gay and is secretly dating the quarterback, Brad. Charlie is attracted to Sam, but she has a boyfriend and is also Patrick’s step-sister.

     These new friends bring Charlie to his first high school party and he gets accepted by the group of friends that were there. After the party Charlie starts to feel a part of something and begins to be able to control his flashbacks about his Aunt Helen dying on his birthday. These people end up becoming his best friends. They bring him to parties, take him to eat, and bring him to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. After awhile though, Charlie ends up messing everything up by liking Sam. Although later in the story Patrick and Brad break up,  Charlie ends up getting in a fight with him and some of the football players, and because of this everything goes back to normal. But as graduation comes closer and closer Charlie becomes more unstable.

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