‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ : A perfect book for all teenagers


Jovana Kuzmanovic

Even though ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ was written in 1999, it still obtains topics that teenagers can connect with in this era.

Being stuck in my house with extra free-time has given me a fair share of time to binge-watch many movies and TV shows on Netflix. It also has provided me with a chance to do some of the things that I didn’t have a chance to do in the past. With my extra time in quarantine, I decided to pick up Stephen Chbosky’s bestseller book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.

The book is a coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, an introverted teen, who writes letters to an anonymous friend about his journey through his freshman year of high school and the struggles and lessons that he encounters.

What I enjoyed most about the book was that while it was written in 1999, the book focuses on many topics like drugs, mental health, secularity, and friendship which are all still relevant to teens in this era. Therefore, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is perfect for almost every teen because they can connect with Charlie and feel the emotions that Charlie experiences through every letter.

The book is written in letter format making it easy to follow along. Charlie uses subtle language that is easy to understand that assists in one feeling like he is talking to you which makes the book even more engaging. The book is composed of letters that are written in chronological order, making the reader feel like they are living in the moment and going through Charlie’s journey with him.

There are only 213 pages, so every letter is composed of exciting events and interesting details. There’s no room for fillers, and therefore every page you read keeps you on the edge and you never get bored.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is an empowering book for anybody who wants a thrilling, heart-wrenching story that captures the journey of being a teenager in any day or age.