Book Reviews

Genre: Novel, epistolary novel, bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel)

Key Stage: Year 9+ (contains some swearing and mature themes)

Rating: ★★★★★

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (1999)

I gained a lot of insight towards another teenager’s life when reading
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’. Although fictional, there were a lot of things I could relate to and yet some things which I related less to, or would done differently that made their experiences and choices a contrast to mine. Through the exploration of these choices, the paths they might have taken, it was lovely to try and truly understand what those characters were going through, especially Charlie. It was quite a relatable book seeing as it’s a coming of age book and it talks about a lot of mature and touchy topics that happen in today’s day and age, and among teens. It really felt like a real person writing to you with their day to day experiences. It was a great read.

If you liked this, you would love to read: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (watch Mr Cullenbooke’s endorsement here) and Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Reviewer: Habibah Taher, Year 12

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