It has been 22 years since The Perks of Being a Wallflower was published. Charlie narrated the incidents of not only his life but of many young teenagers. The world is a place where children are still expected to do horrendous things and the battle to protect them is long. Books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower are a medium through which many of them can relate and communicate about their own problems. Even if someone, fortunately, has not suffered through such abuse, these books help in understanding this pertinent problem. In this book, the characters of Charlie’s friends also play such an important role. He grows and understands himself through their relationship.
Finishing the book ended with me going through a myriad of emotions. It was a read that I wanted to experience again and again. For this reason, I found many more similar books. Here are the top 3 books to read if you love The Perks of Being a Wallflower:
A social misfit named Eleanor Oliphant has a set life. She has planned it out from the beginning and doesn’t have any expectations from life. As life happens, she meets a singer to who she believes she belongs. The book is beautifully written and similar to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it too brings out a lot of emotions.
When We First Met by Norma Fox Mazer
Jenny hates March because for her the first month of spring is gloomier than bright. Her disdain also stems from the fact that March is when her sister passed away. For a long time, Jenny nursed her grief but now it is sharing a room with the emotions that the new boy, Rob makes her feel. Their relationship has ghosts from their past. They both are navigating the pain that life demands. Though this book isn’t exactly on the same beat as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it does have similar themes.
Being unattached and having only one friend who was more like a co-worker, Greg Gaines didn’t want to be involved in high school at all. This changed when his mother forced him to take a girl who was diagnosed with leukemia under his wing. Unlike any other cliché dying friend story, this book is emotionally wrecking.
There is something so beautiful in getting emotionally wrecked by a book. It makes you feel deeply and understand human lives better. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made me a considerate person and so did the books mentioned above.
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