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Jun 11, 2021pacl_teens rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
"Have you ever been truly immersed and connected to a story about someone your age? Have you closed that book feeling both curious and thoughtful about what you just read? That's how I felt when I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I read this book when a friend at school recommended it to me. Little did we know, it would become a popular Netflix film! The Perks of Being a Wallflower was published at the turn of the century, 1999, and is not part of any series. As I progressed through the novel, I felt myself inching deeper and deeper into the world of the protagonist, Charlie. Along the way, I had to stop myself from getting too attached to the characters for the sake of my emotional sanity! Chbosky writes this book with intimacy and authenticity. While the imagery was vivid and the conversations genuine, I felt as though the details that answered the backstory, or rather the background mystery regarding Charlie's mental health/mental condition were a bit too vague and confusing. While I had hoped for more clarity by the end, I was left a little more confused than I'd been at first and needed to ask my friend to explain the context for me. While that shows my lack of understanding in some areas, I was able to pick up on many of the other "ah-ha" moments throughout the book, and I really enjoyed watching the story unfold. If you're looking for a book to relate to and characters to empathize with, this book is for you. If you're looking for a wild fantastical escape, this might not be for you. I give this book 4/5 stars due to it's overall enjoyability." -Evie, Grade 11