In this edition of All Booked Up, librarians Erin and Autumn give you a quick synopsis of the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, which is also a movie. Both formats are available at the library.
This coming of age story centers around a high schooler named Charlie, whose complex character and family history shines through in letters he writes to an unnamed friend. The reader is led to believe that Charlie might have some sort of mental disorder, but the story reveals the real reason, a family secret, that makes Charlie draw himself in.
“To me the book was very kind of John Hughes-ish in that whole Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink way with the different groups of people,” Autumn said.
Charlie, who is social awkward, struggles to fit in, but finds a sense of belonging among more mature students.
For those who are interested in or have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you have an opportunity to discuss it with hip people who dig books at an upcoming book club meeting. Autumn and Erin lead the Bean There, Read That book club, which will meet next at 7pm May 28 at Classic Bean at Fairlawn Plaza Mall. The club typically meets the fourth Tuesday of every month.