And so I think I have just found one of my favorite reads of all time. I remember the title jumping out at me from the page and so it was, and it was amazing. Through beautifully honest journal entries we learn the story of high school freshman Charlie otherwise known as the wallflower. The novel is set in the 90s, with all of the subsequent quirks of the “smells like teen spirit” era. Charlie befriends a group of people considered popular that change the course of life as he knows it. This group along with his English Teacher who gives him extra reading and writing assignments realize the uniqueness in Charlie’s personality and self. Through his journal, it was clear that Charlie is an introspective, thoughtful, and romantic soul who is also troubled.
I found myself smiling warmly, laughing, and almost crying throughout my reading. I will definitely love to include this novel in my future teaching curriculum. I think that this book is about becoming, about embracing yourself, and about how people are closer than we realize, how personal experiences can connect us all in an unspeakable profound way (among those in the novel include Homosexuality, Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Death, and Suicide). I think it’s an important tale for student’s to take in, and it’s relatable and current which you can’t beat. And I love the way that Chbosky’s tells this story. I won’t give it away if you haven’t read it already, it’s just that awesome.