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
(Rated on Jun 14, 2014)
Grade: D    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
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Comment:
I read this book in Senior year of high school. I feel like that was a little too late to really be inspired and changed by this book. Everyone I know who has read it says that it really changed their perspective on life. For me it did nothing. The writing, characters, and story all felt very contrived. It felt like the writer just wrote the book to appeal to teenagers that needed to "find themselves".   (+6 votes)