Exploring Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower”

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From the 1950s all the way through to the present day, “@@AMAZONTEXT;0316769177;The Catcher In The Rye@@” by JD Salinger has been the most popular “coming of age” novel for every generation, but during the 1990s, a novel was published that quickly became a close second to Salinger’s masterpiece. This novel was “@@AMAZONTEXT;0671027344;The Perks Of Being A Wallflower@@,” by Stephen Chbosky – a little book that quickly became a phenomenon among high schoolers all across the country, and has grown into a phenomenon for readers of all ages; for any teenager looking for a terrific “coming of age” tale, or for anyone else looking for a great book, this is a wonderful piece of literature to consider picking up.

“@@AMAZONTEXT;0671027344;The Perks Of Being A Wallflower@@” is comprised entirely of letters from a high school freshman named “Charlie” (which, as he admits in an early letter, is not his real name) to a recipient who is never revealed, and who does not know who Charlie is. For Charlie, the recipient of these letters functions the way a journal would function – becoming a person to whom he can share his thoughts, dreams, fears, and secrets, and in this way, the reader is also able to look into Charlie’s mind.

Although the approach the novel takes (“a novel written in letters”) leads some to imagine the novel might be boring, the approach is pulled off with a grace and quickness of writing that makes “@@AMAZONTEXT;0671027344;The Perks Of Being A Wallflower@@” one of those books that you truly cannot put down.

Throughout the book, Charlie goes through what some might consider to be an unrealistic amount of problems, issues, and experiences for a single high school freshman to go through in a single year – but this is also part of the beauty of the novel, as it becomes an encapsulation of the issues a modern-day high school student might encounter.

With the impact this novel had on an entire generation, and with the impact it continues to have, it has come to be regarded as a “classic”; regardless of whether you are a high school student, a new reader, or an old reader, you are sure to find something to appreciate in “@@AMAZONTEXT;0671027344;The Perks Of Being A Wallflower@@.”

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