The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower was one of those books that everyone seemed to have read apart from me. It sat on my TBR shelf for about two months before I eventually read it – and I am so glad I did.

It’s written in epistolary form, composed entirely of letters addressed to an unknown person simply referred to as ‘Friend’. I had read books in epistolary form before, mostly taking the form of a diary, but this was the first one I’d read when it was just letters. This fact alone is something that makes it stand out from the rest of the coming-of-age novels in the YA world – it’s different. It’s honest, brutally so, as the protagonist Charlie pours his heart out onto the page in front of you, speaking of love, heartbreak, drugs, alcohol, his friends and how “this is my life. And I want…

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