This novel written by Stephen Chbosky centered on Charlie, a wallflower, and his way of living. As a teenager, he is prone to drugs, sex and other forms of violence. The book is narrated by Charlie in a diary form, calling his readers “friend”.
The book was first published in 1999 so the story was set during the 90′s, having references such as Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Smiths, The Beatles and To Kill A Mockingbird.
One thing I like about the book is that it’s realistic. I mean, in which way you try to read it, you can relate your life to the story because it happens in reality. We know teens do drugs, drink alcohol and have sex because it’s a way of “escaping the harsh reality”. Even the part wherein homosexuality was shown, which was not really considered at that time, but look at our society now. Same-sex marriage being legalized and LGBT society being accepted, though there’s still some violence being incorporated in the form of bullying. The sense of familiarity is there, which makes the book easy to understand, even the some thoughts are deep.
I’m not pretty sure if all of you have seen the movie, because I haven’t. If you did, I know it was great because the author was the one who directed the movie, and from the trailers I’ve seen, it’s close to the novel.
For all of you out there who haven’t read this book, I recommend you to pick up this book and give it a shot. I’m sure you will not regret it.