Spencer’s Corner~The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Synopsis: Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. 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.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


Review: I wanted to read this book after I watched the movie which I genuinely enjoyed. I will say that I liked the movie better than the book. The reason being that in the movie,  I think the story is told a little bit better since it is not just as you are reading a series of letters which is how the book is set up. The book was enjoyable, but I don’t think it was as enjoyable as I was hoping for. The story follows Charlie as he encounters his first year of high school. He soon meets Sam and Patrick. They quickly become friends even though they are seniors and he is a freshman. You then follow his life as he learns to deal with some of the issues that have haunted him from his past. This book was good just not excellent. I would recommend this book to people who have seen the movie or people who like young adult books. I did finish this book in a day. It was a extremely easy read, but it was also 213 pages, so it wasn’t extraordinarily long. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.


About the Author: Stephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay Everything Divided as well as a participant in the Sundance Institute’s filmmakers’ lab for his current project, Fingernails and Smooth Skin. Chbosky lives in New York. 


  1. Dayna Janzen says:

    This was an excellent book. But…I did not know there was a movie out 😉 Just goes to show how much I watch tv/movies!!

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