‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is the story about the sensitive 15-year-old boy, Charlie, who starts in High School. As a reader I felt like I had a bigger role in this book because of the personal writing style and that is something I have never experienced before. But at the same time I cannot say that ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ has reached my list of favorite books.

by Tris


‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’


Stephen Chbosky



Reading Level:

Advanced Beginner

First Published:

January 1st 1999

Publisher, This copy:

Pockey Books

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Excerpt from ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’

Now, normally I am very shy, but Nothing seemed like the kind of guy you could just walk up to at a football game even though you were three years younger and not popular.
“Hey, you’re in my shop class!” He’s a very friendly person.
“I’m Charlie.” I said, not too shy.
“And I’m Patrick. And this is Sam.” He pointed to a very pretty girl next to him. And she waved at me.
“Hey, Charlie.” Sam had a very nice smile.
They both told me to have a seat, and they both seemed to mean it, so I took a seat. I listened to Nothing yell at the field. And I listened to his play-by-play analysis. And I figured out that this was a kid who knew football very well. He actually knew football as well as my brother. Maybe I should call Nothing “Patrick” from now on since that is how he introduced himself, and that is what Sam calls him.
Incidentally, Sam has brown hair and very very pretty green eyes. The kind of green that doesn’t make a big deal about itself. I would have told you that sooner, but under the stadium lights, everything looked kind of washed out. It wasn’t until we went to the Big Boy, and Sam and Patrick started to chain-smoke that I got a good look at her. The nice thing about the Big Boy was the fact that Patrick and Sam didn’t just throw around inside jokes and make me struggle to keep up. Not at all. They asked me questions.