“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite”
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a beautifully written epistolary fiction. Books written in letterform are one of my favourite styles of literature. You’re instantly put in the passenger seat and the narrator becomes your best friend and only insight into their world. In this particular novel we are the recipients of the main characters pros. I read this book more than two years ago and it’s always been one of those books that I’ve wanted to go back to, mainly because it’s the kind of book where the characters stick with you.
In this book, Charlie a 15 year old smart, shy, introverted and slightly awkward boy is the main character. Like most teens he struggles with fitting in at high school and making friends BUT before you start making assumptions let me preface this by saying that this book will shock and surprise you. It is not your average book about your typical misfit. It deals with so many controversial and slightly taboo topics that steer this book away from the typical “Oh woe is me” theme that some books carry and leans more towards a coming-of-age story.
At the start of the book we find out that Charlie has recently lost his closest and only friend Michael to suicide which leaves him alone. He then finds himself being ‘adopted’ into a group of older friends who are a collective of really interesting characters. In their own right Sam, Patrick, Brad & Mary Elizabeth are misfits and somehow in their Island of misfits Charlie seems to fit in. Always an outsider but part of the group non the less. The story follows the group on their adventures of teen angst where the writer explores themes of Sexuality, Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sex abuse and the struggles that occur during teen years. Events unfold at a very fast pace which for Charlie and the reader can be overwhelming but the story is dynamic and realistic and I think that’s the main reason people find this book relatable.