Finished: ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

I finished reading The Perks of being a Wallflower mid-summer, however, have not yet had the chance to write a mini-review of it/document what I thought so here it is!

The Perks of being a Wallflower was a book that had been sat on my ‘to be read’ pile for YEARS. When it first became popular and everyone was reading it and loving it I made a note that I also needed to read this book to see what all the fuss was about. But of course, exams, friends, and life just got in the way and there were probably other books I wanted to read more before I eventually got around to it! However, I’m sad I left it so long to finally pick it up. Within the first few pages there is a quote that immediately made me well up a little: ‘So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.’ I feel like it sums up perfectly all the teenage angst and emotion that Chbosky conveys so well in this book. Charlie, our main protagonist seemingly becomes a symbol for the turbulence that adolescence brings and immediately makes him really relatable. Charlie is incredibly sensitive, and it is through this character trait that Chbosky addresses mental health in this book. And with the subject of mental health issues becoming talked about more frequently now than ever, this book does a great job of highlighting the lasting effects of childhood trauma. It is truly an incredible (and short!) read – definitely pick it up if you haven’t already!

Jenna x




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