The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie has friends, but is not even close to being popular. He is a wallflower in every respect, shy and introverted, yet alert and always thinking. This is a wonderful story full of teen angst, highlighting first crushes, new friends, school struggles, sexuality, and drugs. Charlie is a sweet-natured, likable character, faltering on the edge of adulthood. The story is written by Charlie in letter form to an unidentified third person, which adds to Charlie's personality as a trusting, somewhat gullible teenager. Once he realizes a dark secret about his own family past and is faced with his best friend's suicide, only Charlie's friends can help to keep him above the waves of depression and help him to move on to a new school year.