Twenty-two years ago, Stephen Chbosky became a well-known and well-revered author with the publication if his debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. And, what made this book so profound was his ability to speak from the mind of an impressionable and angsty adolescent as he comes of age, develops friendships, and deals with grief. Even more impressive, among the solidarity with Chbosky’s teen readers, was that he wrote this book entirely in the letter format, allowing for a clear understanding of Charlie’s growth and emotional development throughout his high school career.
A major part of that growth is done through books. As Charlie’s English teacher, Bill Anderson, recognizes Charlie’s talent in writing and encourages him to write in the journal (that is the book itself), he also recommends him books that he believes will enhance his knowledge and sense of self.
In celebration of the anniversary of this one of a kind story, we are reflecting on Charlie’s book list in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Maybe you can make this one of your 2021 reading lists!
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