The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an undeniably realistic view of one boy's day to day life and his journey to understand himself and find his place in the world. I enjoyed how the book was written as a series of letters addressed "Dear Friend" which felt like an intimate conversation, as if Charlie was speaking directly to the reader. I thought Charlie was charming, engaging, and endearing as he struggled stop being an observer and begin being an active participant in his own life. This was an enjoyable coming of age story that addresses some common issues faced by teenagers such as sex, drugs, and suicide, and presents them in a very genuine way. There were also some things I didn't like about the book, but ultimately, I found it to be an entertaining read and one that I am happy to have had the opportunity to read.