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The perks of being a wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Review by Kellyn Scheel

In the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the main character Charlie has been through a lot. He is starting high school after a long break from everything and has no idea what the expect. Petrified, like most of us would be, he embarks on a new chapter of his life. After a tough time the first few days, Charlie meets Sam and Patrick and begins to find a place, something he has not been able to do before. The book takes us with Charlie through the ups and downs of his high school experience. Chbosky also addresses things like anxiety and depression which is very emotional at some points, but reinforces the relationship between characters. When reading the perks of being a wallflower, one can feel truly connected to the characters which is a key component to what makes this book so great. Chbosky does an incredible job of making Charlie and the other characters of the book very relatable, so much so that sometimes they can almost feel real. The book is written where Charlie is writing the reader letters, making it feel more personal and intriguing. For readers who enjoy more realistic fiction books or coming of age stories, this is the perfect book. Chbosky is very real and honest in his writing which makes the book impossible to put down. For readers who enjoy more fantasy or action books, this book may not be the best as there isn’t much action.

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