This project promotes open access materials and has been funded with support from the European Commission - Erasmus+ program. These materials reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
[Project Number: 2016-1-HR01-KA201-022159]


Book title
The perks of being a wallflower


Stephen Chbosky


Bibliographic information
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia Sydney
ISBN: 978-1-84739-407-1


Links (adaptations, reviews, full texts etc.)


Friends help shape your identity


Short summary
Fifteen-year old Charlie lost his friend who committed a suicide. He is anxious of starting high school alone and he starts to write letters to a stranger. At school, Charlie finds a friend and mentor in his English teacher, Bill. After meeting a classmate Patrik and his sister Sam he overcomes shyness and they have become two of Charlie's BFFs. During the course of the school year, Charlie has his first date and his first kiss, he deals with bullies, he makes friends, loses them, and gains them back. Charlie has a relatively stable home life. Unfortunately, a disturbing family secret that Charlie has repressed for his entire life surfaces at the end of the school year. Charlie has a severe mental breakdown and ends up hospitalized. Charlie's final letter closes with feelings of hope.


Why is the story appropriate for the targeted groups of RSP readers?

  1. it reflects readers´ interests
  2. the recommendation and the report emerged from the survey results


What are the distinguished readers interests reflected by this book/story?


Why is this story motivational for the pupils?
"The story deals with problems of a teenager who has to face difficult situations. Anxiety and depression are common among teenagers and the book can be motivational and can help teenagers to understand that friendship and family are essential when trying to find a solution."


Is there a historical, political, multi/inter cultural, migrant or similar context recognized in this book/story? 


Is there a principle of inclusion reflected in this book/story and does it promotes understanding of cultural diversities and heritage? 
It has the principle of inclusion. It promotes understanding of belonging. It emphasizes the importance of being part of the school society and the importance of the role of the families.

Go to top