Originally Published: February 1, 1999
By: Stephen Chbosky
In this coming of age novel, author Stephen Chbosky creates a compelling main character whose vulnerability is emotionally gripping.
In the form of letters, teenager Charlie tells a friend about experiences he has in his first year of college. Described by his friends as a “wallflower,” Charlie is quiet and trying to figure out his place in the world.
With Charlie not knowing a lot of what’s happening around him, it’s interesting reading from his point of view. Topics like sexual abuse aren’t mentioned by name but can be easily inferred by readers.
Whether it’s in Charlie or his family or friends, almost everyone will be able to see a part of themselves in one or more character. A range of emotions will be felt strongly connecting to the characters.
Final say: Beautiful from start to finish. ★★★★★