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June: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic about 15-year-old Charlie as he enters high school. The novel explores Charlie's life as he makes new friends, learns to accept his friend's suicide, and comes to terms with his past. Charlie's post-traumatic stress disorder is detailed from his perspective through the letters he writes to an anonymous friend.

A book with great personal significance for me, Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age novel discusses mental health and other themes synonymous with adolescence in an accessible manner. It is a fast read and only 224 pages long, and I would definitely recommend it. It's timeless themes, emotional depth and relatable characters make this novel one of my favourites.


Here are some discussion questions for the book that can help readers interact with the book critically and examine some psychological themes:

1. What are your thoughts on Bill’s statement: “We accept the love we think we deserve”?

2. What is a wallflower, and to what extent does the term apply to Charlie?

3. Why do you think Charlie chose to write anonymously? Who do you think he was writing to?

4. How does Charlie’s love for books and music affect his life?

5. Several important issues come up during the course of the book, ranging from molestation to drug use. How does Charlie deal with these? How have the issues affected his friends and family?

6. What do you think about the dynamics between Charlie, Sam, and Patrick?

7. What influence do you think Bill had in Charlie’s life? Consider the influence of similar people in your own life.

8. Charlie's friends are moving away at the end of the story. Where does this leave Charlie? Can he make new friends?

Did you enjoy reading this one?

  • Yes!

  • Haven't read it yet :(

  • Not too much.

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