Honest Coming-of-Age Story
By Stephen Chbosky
Simon & Schuster, $14.00, 213 pages
When Charlie starts high school, he begins a series of letters addressed to “Dear Friend”. Through these letters, author Stephen Chbosky paints a clear picture of Charlie’s family, teachers, and friends, plus captures the hopes, fears, doubts, and joys of Charlie. Reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye, this coming of age novel offers a more loveable protagonist. Filled with love, friendship, drugs, sex, music, and other young adult / adult themes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes off as honest and poignant.
Reviewed by Lisa Ard