Guest Blogger: Isabella, Grade 11
Setting(Time): Fall and Winter of 1991 and Spring and Summer of 1992
Setting (Place): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 stars
I rated “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with four stars, due to the way the author creates a connection between the narrator and reader. The reader is able to relate to the experiences and stories discussed in the novel, keeping the reader interested and eager for more. The novel also deserves four stars because of the different aspects of mood shown through the mind of a teenager, the reader is able to experience sadness, happiness, confusion, and more along with narrator. The novel aspect keeps the reader intrigued and is able to connect with the reader in a new different way.
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming of age novel about the journey from childhood into adolescence. The journey is shown through letters written by a high school freshman named Charlie, to an unknown friend. The letters supply a first person view into the reality of growing up. The narrator Charlie is the wallflower, shy and withdrawn, but is forced off the sideline by developing a friendship with Patrick and his stepsister Sam. The characters of Patrick and Sam expose Charlie to the reality of growing up, and guide him through his journey filled with many new experiences and firsts. They help him experience the good and bad found in friendship, love, and family.
“This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite...”
Young adult readers would enjoy this novel because of the parallels shown throughout the novel in comparison to the average life of a teenager. The novel presents a feeling of similarity, the story is relatable, allowing the reader to make connection with their own personal experiences. The novel has a way of connecting with young adults throughout the experience of high school and growing up.
Want to make a recommendation?
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten