Chbosky’s novel uses the adjunct of a sole point of view from an unreliable narrator to explore the development of personal relationships. While the journal/letter writing tone of the book felt somewhat disconnected and distant (I’m nit-picking here) I loved its ninja styles confrontation. That is, like Charlie, the narrative is withdrawn and unpretentious before it slaps you matter-of-factly with some truth that you don’t really expect.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower shows how damaged characters can shine in their own quirky individualism. How you can still function and let your freak flag fly. It is really great to read a story of characters and character development… it makes for a reading experience with all the feels! I will say, given the meek tone of the narrative, it left me feeling like the pace of the novel to be a little slow. But it managed to successfully surprise me many times – this little contemporary is certainly unpredictable.
It’s a book with some great symbolism, and a read that you have to look beyond the writing on the page to grasp what’s going on. I’d say you could discover even more layers with a re-read.