Posted by: 1994kimi | February 4, 2011

the wallflower boy

The Perks of  Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky is an intriguing novel, including many teenager problems that shows the real world of high school life.

Charlie, the main character of this book starts writing letters to his unknown friend through the freshman year. He writes down his fears toward school, issues of friendships, and family problems. The readers may not know who Charlie is writing to, but by reading his personal and emotional letters, they would understand Charlie’s unique world; the perspective of being a “wallflower”.

A “wallflower” means a shy or excluded person at a dance or party, who does not have a partner. Charlie is such kind of boy. He is very sensitive, introverted, and loves to observe people. He is not good at expressing his emotional feelings, but he can write, and is also good at keep “thinking” alone, quietly by himself.

Throughout the story, Charlie experiences his first love, drugs, loss of family, and figures out the meaning of his life. Not very dramatic, but the emotional and touching letters will make the readers captivated in his engaging, yet simple world.

I have never read such a deep, engrossing novel before, because I used to be interested in books about teenager girl’s high school life, with many humor and joy. After I read the Perks of Being a Wallflower, I could find out the importance of growing up as a teenager, and amazed by how books can make people feel sentimental.

Charlie’s letters are very relevant to any teenagers, therefore I recommend everyone to read this novel, because this is a book that makes readers want to read over and over, to catch the details and feel a slice of happiness about life.


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