Book Club Pick

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Book Club Pick: February 2016

Perks of being a wallflower

Book Details:

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Series: Stand alone novel

Country: United States

Publisher: Gallery Books / MTV Books

First Published: 1999

Pages: 213

Publisher’s Description:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the unchartered territory of high school. The world of first dates, family drama, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.



This coming-of-age novel is written as a series of anonymous letters that fifteen-year-old high school Freshman Charlie writes to someone he has never meet but thinks will understand him. He addresses the letters as only as ‘Dear Friend’. The 53 letters span a period from August 1991 to August 1992.

When the novel opens Charlie is dealing with the suicide of his middle school friend Michael the year before and the death of his favourite aunt Helen, during his early childhood. Charlie befriends Patrick, an openly gay teen from his shop class, and his step sister Sam. Both are older, outsiders – but they are the cool kind of outsiders. They introduce Charlie to parties, drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The novel tackles some tough issues through Charlie’s eyes including suicide, domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, teen pregnancy, abortion, drug use, homosexuality, death of a family member, mental health.

Stephen Chbosky also wrote and directed the feature film adaptation that was released in 2012 and starred Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.




Stephen Chbosky on Twitter


Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from my public library.

By Graeme Cash

Film, television, theatre, popular media culture, ya fiction, travel...pretty much my life. Based in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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