Book Review: the Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chomsky

the perks of being a wallflower


Now this is something that is recommended for the Young Adults for sure. Although it will be received by Big Adults equally easily too. I can vouch for that!

The story is a very sensitive portrayal of a young boy called Charlie and his letters to an unknown friend (the identity of friend remains a mystery). It etches out the perks and pains of growing up days and a family going through its own travails. Chomsky has very simply and beautifully and accurately brought out the finer nuances of being an adolescent who is learning to know his talents and strengths while trying to keep under wraps the complicated emotional conflicts he is going through.

Everyone has his/her share of demons to face and……….learn to live with them! We are made to believe that it is difficult for girls in their adolescence but this story brings into focus that young boys are equally vulnerable too. Love, friendship, sibling relationship- Charlie talks about it all and you don’t realise when Charlie has become so much a part of your own universe.

The popularity of this book can be gauged from the fact that it has been made into a motion picture apart from being included in school syllabi and the American Library Association among the most challenged books.

Go ahead…..lose yourself in Charlie’s world for a one sit read.


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