Were you the shy, introvert kid during your school days who had extreme difficulties while facing social situations? Or were you on the other end sympathizing introvert kids? Either ways, you are sure to enjoy this funny, heart touching story of Charlie who is struggling with his social awkwardness. Stephen Chbosky became a celebrated writer after the release of this book when it became immensely popular with the teen readers who were somehow able to establish a personal connection with the book. This debut novel of Chbosky enjoyed the status of bestseller for over a year. By 2013, The Perks of being a Wallflower sold over two million copies. Chbosky, apart from being a writer, is an award winning film director and screenwriter. This semi-autobiography is an epistolary novel about a boy named Charlie (alias) and the story is said in broken manner through letters written by him.
Charlie is a teen who is not exactly a geek but he is neither popular. He is shy, introvert and is practically with no friends. He is intelligent in an unconventional way and wants to live his life and run away from it at the same time. He is left all alone when his best friend Michael commits suicide. Charlie later runs into Patrick, his senior and meets Sam, Patrick's step-sister. Charlie falls for Sam, who already has a boyfriend. He gets a taste of different world of dating, drugs, sex and new friends. But things take a different turn and Charlie has to face many consequences because if his associations. Throughout the book, Charlie writes a series of letters to an anonymous stranger explaining his life and emotions without holding back anything.
The book beautifully explains the delicate turmoil faced by a teen who is about to enter adulthood and how he manages to sail through them. Charlie basically is very confused in life and wants answers to his own questions. He looks at things differently and feels left out because of this. The author has been successful in capturing these emotions of teenagers and presenting it beautifully and this is probably the reason why millions of teenagers were easily able to connect with the book.
This book was adapted into a movie in the year 2012 and was directed by Chbosky himself which starred Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman, which won the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature. This is a must read book for all the teens as well as adults who will be reminded of their teen years. After all, seven million people will not read a book that is not worth it!! Check out this book on Junglee and get it at great price!!