Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
June 25, 1999  |  225 pages
(Read from Feb 9, 2014 to Feb 11, 2014)
Grade: A    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Literature, 20% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
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Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
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Sequel Potential:
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Comment:
While reading this I could not help but thinking back to its movie adaptation. What I truly did enjoy was the whole new depth that is to be found in the book. Whereas the movie has an overall happier tone, in the book one can really see and feel how Charlie's mood goes up, down, sideways, just about everywhere. Each letter brings a new set of emotions, one being slow and thoughtful, and the next hectic and short-breathed. A great read.  (+9 votes)