Parents' Guide to

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Controversial coming-of-age classic with sex, drugs, abuse.

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Based on 11 parent reviews

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age 16+

It's not a bad book

I think this is a good book, if you are mature enough for it. I had to read it for my advanced English class in 12th grade, and it wasn't too bad. It has strong language and content, and touches on some serious topics, but is actually relevant for teens and what they go through. Think about how much of these things take place in the real world, people smoke and drink and have sex . And you probably can't even go a day without hearing swear words (Especially in school). It portrays a realistic topic and story and deserves a read.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (141 ):

Teens who love The Catcher in the Rye will find this to be an excellent sequel of sorts. Charlie shares Holden's overwhelming sensitivity -- and struggles with psychological issues -- and readers will find themselves quickly feeling sorry for the protagonist and worrying about him throughout his transformative journey. There's lots of mature content here, from sexual material to Charlie's repressed memories of being abused; parents may want to read along with their teens so they can help them with any questions. Alternately, Simon & Schuster has a reading guide that can help them think through some of the plot points and deeper issues.

Book Details

  • Author: Stephen Chbosky
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: MTV
  • Publication date: February 1, 1999
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Last updated: December 13, 2018

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