There is always that awkward, strange kid from back in high school who just couldn’t fit in.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a tale of one boy’s coming of age that’s honest and graced with a clean, direct writing style. The chapters always open with “Dear Friend,” as the book is written in letter format, from Charlie to an anonymous friend. This is a story about Charlie and his quest towards manhood. It chronicles the ups and downs of an overly smart boy set in the middle of a whirlpool of stereotypical high school drama.
Charlie is, often, a little too goody-two-shoes. His curiosity of the world makes the read much more intriguing and insightful. Stephen Chbosky’s writing style makes one become so engrossed in Charlie’s world that it becomes difficult to remember whether it’s fiction or not. It layers the importance of bonding and the relevance of “driving at night to your first real party as it begins to rain.” High school memories aren’t often the fondest, but readers can all relate to that first football game, falling in love, and a first real high school party.
This book offers a close look into the psyche of that one, awkwardly brilliant kid we all may have known or been during those formative years. It is all at once fairly easy for most to relate to on one level or another and is an extremely liberating read. The reader never knows whom the letters are actually going to, or if these short letters are just entries in a diary. Yet, it’s as if Charlie is writing these letters to us, the readers.
As I’ve mentioned before, there’s always a Hollywood remake of a great book. Emma Watson will be playing Sam, Charlie’s love interest in the novel, which causes buzz with the Harry Potter fans and more sales for the books. You might not be a wallflower, but these awkward moments in high school are all still relatable.