The Perks of Being a Wallflower by: Stephen Chbosky

Posted February 10th, 2011 by KayseeInWonderland

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Being a teen with my interest in genres of books, it’s a bit hard to find books I particularly like.  When I found The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I fell in love.  The form the book is in also caught my eye. It is entirely composed of the main character, Charlie,  writing anonymous letters about different events in his life to an unknown outside reader. He spills his guts onto lines of blank pages, showing so much emotion. You can truly tell that when he feels something he means it and that also, like myself, writing is his only true way to vent.  The way the author, Stephen Chbosky… captures the teen struggle is amazing. I think that’s why I liked the book so much, seeing as how I know that very same struggle, I can really relate to Charlie’s tale. Stephen just has this way with words, I can remember breaking down and crying several times during the duration of reading this book. Though my struggle was and is not quite as intense or dramatic as Charlie’s, I could most definitely make a clear connection with him.  I was so captivated by the book that at times, you can still hear me quote lines from it. If it weren’t for some of the graphic content and details in this book, I would recommended it all age groups, just because it is that good. I believe that I’ll find, that I’ll love this book until the day I die. I am sure there are many other teens/adults…that are just as much in love with Chbosky’s work as I am.

So seeing as how I have my review and thoughts on the book out of the way, I would really like to include some of my all time favorite quotes from the book…and yes I am putting ones you’d hear me quote. :]

-“Do you always think this much, Charlie?” “Is that bad?” “Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” “Is that bad?” “Yes.”

-”So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

-”We accept the love we think we deserve.”


The name is Kaysee, age 18, with a passion for both reading and writing. I grew up loving both of those things, with a strong upbringing involving both. Though, I never really took much thought in publishing my work, neither online or otherwise...until now...I've still always been very prideful of my writing; good or bad. I truly hope to find and meet other people my age, or even younger, whom have just as big a passion for literature as I do.

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