Book Review: The perks of being a wallflower

by Melissa on December 17, 2009 · 0 comments

in 14-17, Family & Relationships, School Life

Title: The perks of being a wallflower
Publisher: MTV
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Lexile: [?] 720L
ATOS Level: [?] 4.8
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
STOP For Age Range: 14-17


This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.


Charlie’s best friend has committed suicide and the book is a series of letters he writes as he adjusts to life and his first year of high school.  The content is pretty raw and real.  Parents are encouraged to read this book before your teen as it is very mature.


Level 1,2 and 3 [?]

Sexual Content

Teen sex, including;  seeing teens having sex, dreams about sex, masturbation, some description of homosexual sex, a boy forces a girl to perform oral sex, another girl is called the ‘blow queen’, multiple instances of sexual encounters by teens.


Teens and grownups drink and get drunk. Drug use by teens, including smoking, drug-laced brownies, experimenting with drugs, seeing how kids act when they’re stoned.


Teen suicide, domestic violence, child abuse


Topics include; bullying, a teen girl gets hit by her boyfriend, deragatory slang towards homosexuals, domestic violence, child molestation, teen pregnancy and an abortion.


Charlie is concerned about if masturbation is okay with God.  A few references to Catholic beliefs.  ‘Jesus’ and ‘God’ are both used as curse words.

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