By Hannah Shreeve
Perks of Being a Wallflower has been my favorite movie for a long time. But until recently I haven’t had the chance to read the book, but I can tell you, as soon as I got my hands on a copy I read like there was no tomorrow. This story is a bit of a hidden treasure though because no one I know seems to have heard of it. I think this might have to do with the time the movie came out. It’s no secret that movies are easier to advertise to teenagers than books are, but when the movie for Perks of Being a Wallflower came out we were still pretty young so it’s no wonder we missed out on it right away.
This book is beautifully written and conveys so much emotion yet it is written in a very easy to understand format. The main character, Charlie, is very thoughtful and sensitive so the book is written in the form of letters to an unknown receiver. Charlie is starting his freshman year of highschool with no friends after a tragic event killed his best friend the year before, but given his lovable personality he makes friends with a group of outcast seniors right away. “Welcome to the island of misfit toys” says Sam (one of the first new friend he makes). With the company of his new friends he learns that not everything in life is black and white, that sometimes people are more than they seem (or less). Overall this book says all the things that we are thinking, all the things that we are feeling, and all the thing that we are experiencing. Charlie truly does speak to the wallflower in all of us, so if you get the chance to read the book, I highly recommend you take it. Because this book makes everything in this very confusing time, a little clearer.