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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Updated on July 14, 2020
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A review that would help students in the future for your assignments and such. Peace!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic book that captures and explain the ups and down experiences of growing up. It is a deeply affecting story that will spirit you back to your savage days. As stated in the title, it tells about a person who is described as a wallflower. The author of this book is Stephen Chbosky, an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director best-known for writing this story. This book is also titled as a number one New York Times best seller for more than a year.

A wallflower is someone with an introverted personality type but still attends social gathering and keeping themselves distant to the crowd. Some people conclude that if you are an introvert then you are also shy. What people do not know is that there is a difference between introversion, shyness, and social anxiety. Introverted people are not necessarily closed to socialization and talking to others. Some certainly do experience anxiety and fear but most of them just want to be alone and have that sense of personal and private space. They are quiet but they are not kill joy and do experience having fun in their own way.

Every person is different
Every person is different


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a novel about passivity vs. passion that marks the stunning debut of a new voice in contemporary fiction. It tells us what it's like to grow up in life. It is deeper than your own secret diary and the protagonist's expressions are hilarious, saddening, and devastating. He is a shy and introverted teenager who prefers to look from the sidelines and has his own unique perspective on the world he sees around him. The reader would really know his world that is caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. The world of reality and sudden change of environment that sometimes we cannot cope up. It seems to cover every aspect of teenage life. It takes the reader into a life that comprises of dates, family issues, drama, friendship, and the abundance of emotional feelings that are common in our life. The best thing is that it can actually be helpful because the way this book ends is an eye opener for all of us and encourages many to move out and be who they are for real.

Art and Delivery

Looking at the book's format I thought that it will be another boring story. However, as I turned more and more pages, I didn’t realize that I was already hooked into it. The author has done a marvelous job in narration. It shows how a writer can lead the reader through the book based on not just the story but rather how it’s told. There may be many books in the world that can address and explain the whole feeling in just few pages. Those books may tell the concepts of suicide, molestation, domestic abuse, homosexuality, drug use, mental issues, first sexual experiences, rape, abortion, and not sound like an inspirational story but this book is not an example of that.

Final Verdict

Overall, the story will make you feel something touching your heart and soul. It will tell you about different personalities people have. It will make you accept that all people are different and unique but there is this one thing that we all have in common and that is the feeling of understanding each and everyone of us. The messages of the story can also be connected to the inequality that is happening in the world. It may be a book that will leave a mark of our stand towards the issues and bad traits we humans have. It will teach the future generations about the values and benefits of living a good, happy, and contented life. No rating can express the goodness or excellence of it but for the sake of ranking I give it a whooping 5 stars. The feedback might differ each person but all I can say is that I was really satisfied and contented. The story taught me perspectives and life lessons that I can utilize when time comes and whenever problem arises.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Raven Cagulang


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      Rose McCoy 

      13 months ago

      This book is a must-read that I'll always hold close to my heart. Charlie is a character that stays with you for a long, long time.


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