Title: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Author: Stephen Chbosky
About the author: A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., he graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. He wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of “Rent” and co-created the post-apocalyptic television drama, “Jericho.” He also wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of this novel.
Synopsis: The story of a socially inept young man named Charlie through his letters to an anonymous “friend.” We follow Charlie during his freshman year in high school as he struggles with trying to participate in life and all it has to offer.
Reviewer: Natalie Ditmars is an avid reader and lawyer at Bradley Riley in Cedar Rapids.
When I saw the movie trailer for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” I knew it was a book I had to read. Sure it is categorized as young adult, but this genre is all the rage these days (“Hunger Games” ring a bell?).
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” tells the story of a socially inept young man named Charlie through his letters to an anonymous friend. We follow Charlie during his freshman year in high school as he struggles with trying to participate in life and all it has to offer. His story is heartbreaking and, at times, hilarious. When I read it, I could feel myself falling back into high school.
And it is not your typical story in which (spoiler alert) everything comes up roses in the end, the outcast becomes the popular guy and is voted homecoming king. Charlie’s story is true to form — high school is hard and it is even harder when life throws you curve balls. But what this book and Charlie’s story show us is that we’ll survive, and the bumps and bruises along the way shape who we will eventually become. This is a fun, easy read sure to warm your heart on a chilly fall day.
What books are on your nightstand?
- “Started Early, Took My Dog” by Kate Atkinson
- “Fighting Ruben Wolfe” by Markus Zusak
- “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed
- “NW” by Zadie Smith
- “Gold” by Chris Cleve
- “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin