The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a young adult novel that has resonated with people of all ages. This is because the main character Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
The novel is written in the form of letters to an unnamed "friend," the first of which reveals the suicide of Charlie's pal Michael. But throughout the book it is that Charlie sends letters to his father, his aunt, his sister and his sister's boyfriend to explain his teenage angst.
With the help of a teacher who recognizes Charlie's wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up on him. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring.
Overall, this is a great read! I highly suggest reading the novel before seeing the movie because they are two different takes on the novel. Both are good in their own way!
Happy Weekend and happy reading!