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Susan M.'s Picks

Book Cover for The Perks of Being a Wallflower Chbosky, Stephen
Perks of Being a Wallflower

Fiction
This quick but great read is the story of Charlie, a freshman in high school. You learn about him and his life through the letters he writes to an unnamed friend. The letters are written with such sincerity that as more is revealed about this very gifted but troubled boy, you become even more intrigued and interested in his life. While this book is found in the Teen section, this book would appeal to older readers, too. His experiences in high school, such as football games and the first school dance, are ones that anyone growing up or grown up can identify with. Charlie also faces more serious issues like drugs and sexual discovery. Other themes include the importance of giving heart-felt gifts, the need to be true to oneself, and how much people in your life affect you, for good or for bad. In this book, the plot is just as important as its subtle and poignant messages. The author, Stephen Chbosky, is a Pittsburgh native. Although Charlie never makes direct reference to the city's name, the story takes place in Pittsburgh. After reading this book you might not travel through the Fort Pitt Bridge the same way again.
Recommended by Susan M., April 2007