The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

The perks of being a Wallflower was written by Stephen Chbosky in 1999. The story is told by letters Charlie sends to “dear friend”

The story plays between 1991 and 1992 and is all about Charlie’s first year of High School. So it seems to be a typical teenager love story, but it isn’t.

Charlie hasn’t got any friends since his best (and only) friend Michael shot himself last spring. But missing friends is not the only problem he suffers from. There is something special about his family.

Soon he develops a really good relationship to Mr. Anderson, his English teacher and he gets to know Sam and Patrick. They are stepbrother and stepsister and introduce him to their peer group. Now he finds new friends and gets introduced to many new things like sex and drugs.

The book has many amazing parts and lots of good quotes. It is really fun to read, because Charlie really can see the small things of life, that are macing him happy. One example is when he is telling about his day and he describes really detailed that he mowed the lawn and stuff like that.

When you read the book you should really listen to the songs he mentions in his letters, provide the extra portion of understanding for his situations and they fit rally well.

The language the book is written in should not be a problem for you or your siblings.

As you may have recognized, I really like the book. In fact it is one of my favourite books. I really like the way the story is told and the way Charlie describes everything. There is a movie that is really good too, but I think it is definitely worth reading the book first, because there are some beautiful scenes missing.

Johannes

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