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Ten Books Like The Perks Of Being a Wallflower

Updated on June 19, 2015

Ten Similar Books to The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Have you just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower and are looking for similar books to read? If so, you can find a list here.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best reads in recent years. It especially appeals to teenagers who will be looking to read more like this one. If you are looking for more great fiction novels for teens like this one you can find them on this page.

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Books like "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Looking for similar reads to "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"? Fnd some great reading suggestions for young adults here, to help them to deal with the issues they encounter in everyday life.

It's Kind of a Funny Story

I have featured this novel near the top of the list as many people think this one is the most similar books to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This novel has an Amazon rating of 4.5 stars and is suitable for young adults aged 18 years and up, due to the fact that it discusses illicit drugs and sexual relations. The story focuses on a teen boy dealing with mental health issues.

It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story is about Craig, who struggles to cope with life's pressures and as a result, contemplates suicide. Craig takes himself to a psychiatric unit for help. Drug usage is mentioned throughout.


The Outsiders

The Outsiders
The Outsiders

The Outsiders is available in Kindle format, paperback, and even audio. It has an Amazon rating is 4.6 stars. At 192 pages, this novel is suitable for eight-year-olds and upwards. It was also made into a film.



I really recommend the below novel for teens that are struggling to cope with cancer.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars

This novel has an Amazon rating is 4.7 stars from over 2,500 reviews. It is suitable for teens aged 14 and upwards.The author is respected in teen fiction circles, having written Paper Towns.


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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Available in hardcover or paperback (and also in audio, but it's ridiculously expensive!). This novel has an Amazon rating is 4.5 stars and is suitable for 12-year-olds and upwards.


Paper Towns

Paper Towns
Paper Towns

With an Amazon rating of 4.4 stars, Paper Towns is available in Kindle, hardcover, and paperback. It's a Top-10 selling teen mystery and won an Edgar award in 2009 for best young adult novel. It also appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.


I am not a teenager but I think I would enjoy this comedy novel! It reminds me of my teen years!

An Abundance of Katherines

An Abundance of Katherines
An Abundance of Katherines

Another top teen-read by John Green, An Abundance of Katherines has an Amazon rating of 4.3 stars.The story is about a guy who always falls for girls called Katherine and it never works out for him! I think many guys, and even girls, will relate to this book about failed relationships.


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Novels can be an excellent aid for teens to help them cope with difficulties, especially if they are finding it hard to talk to someone. However in some cases a book may lead a teen astray, especially in the area of substance abuse. If you think your child has a serious issue, take them to see a therapist for proper counselling.

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      Brittney 2 years ago

      Just finished reading Perks of Being s Wallflower, after realizing how everything happened, my mind was blown!!! Fantastic book and will hopefully spend some time reading these. If they are anything like Perks, they are sure to be fantastic !!

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      Miller 2 years ago

      Yeah, we can tell by your username.

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      YUr MOM 3 years ago

      I really loved the perks its the best book ive ever read. and im only 12

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      Kalvin Bantatua 3 years ago

      Perks = not at all applicable to life

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      TanjaCrouch 4 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. Perks is a fantastic book (and movie) and I recently discovered John Green and thoroughly enjoy his writing. You gave me some additional good ideas.

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      Nice list. I remember quite a few of these books being very popular when I was in high school, or with high schoolers I know now. Another author that writes great young adult book for girls and young women is Sarah Dessen, she has quite a few titles you might want to check out (This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, Keeping the Moon). Thanks for the list, adding a couple of these to my Goodreads shelf :)

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      hkhollands 4 years ago

      I am a high school English teacher, and these are many of my favorite books for teens. I will finish teaching summer school tomorrow. We read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian and Catcher in the Rye this summer. The students LOVED True Diary. Some said it is the only book they have ever liked (sad, but at least it's a start). With Catcher in the Rye, we watched John Green's two Youtube videos about that book. I love John Green....might teach Fault in Our Stars next. I haven't read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares....will have to add it to my summer reading list. Other books that my students have liked in the past few years include Ship Breaker, Unwind, Hate List, Michael Vey, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Thanks for sharing!

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      victoriaf13 4 years ago

      Great list of books! I would most defiantly grab one of these books off of the book shelf for the summer! Also, check out this Facebook page: How I Exiled My Inner Bitch. The book is written by Miv Evans and will be released in the Summer. Like the page and see weekly updates on the book!

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      Constantimo 4 years ago

      Great lens with some good reads. My own fav at the moment is Sally's Life Amazon. Kind of contemporary romance/adventure series of stories.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Wow! Nice list of books. :) Would love to grab one of those. Thank you for sharing this nice lens.!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      You've really piqued my interest. I want to read it.

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      Kaellyn 5 years ago

      I haven't read this book yet, but it looks interesting. I did love The Outsiders, which is on your list.

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      Perks is one of my favorite young adult books., and I'm really glad on the outcome of the film. I'm looking for ward to read Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars. Thanks for sharing!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I've already some of these books...I'll have to check out the other books that are similar. Can't wait til The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie comes out!