Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
MTV Books, 1991
224 pgs., 5 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: Charlie is about to start his freshman year of high school when Perks of Being a Wallflower begins. He has recently spent some time in the hospital because his friend killed himself. Charlie doesn’t know anyone at his new school and he’s a bit shy. But he eventually makes friends with a funny senior in his shop class, whose step sister is a fox. The three become fast friends and Charlie finds himself initiated into a world of weirdos, drugs, sex, and love. That’s the short of it :)
Note: Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary novel. Charlie writes letters to “Dear Friend.” Charlie’s growth as a writer shows in the letters, which is rad (omg, I just said rad).
ABOUT THE OUTFIT: My dear little wallflower, your wardrobe mirrors your complex character. Polka dot jeans are all the rage right now. So pull on a pair of olive colored ones with dots that match your cream blazer. You could just wear a suit to school every day, but you get made fun of enough. So the blazer is your nod to the “writer’s suit.”
This sheer black button down is casual and sexy. When you shed the blazer, this is a perfect outfit for those wild house parties. And the loose, light fabric will billow beautifully in the wind when you’re going through the tunnel.
Your glitter phone case broadcasts your inner party girl. Glitter? Yes, please. But your black fingernails are chic and emo. You’ve been through a lot from death to abuse, but you’ll bounce back with the help of your friends, your teacher, and your therapist.
These lace up, metallic booties are great for everyday wear or for school dances. When you’re standing at the wall with these babies on, people will take notice!
Carry all of the novels Bill gives you around in this canvas backpack. Show your love for Sir Mix-A-Lot and books. We already know you’re a nerd, so own it! This pack is also big enough to store your tape-player flask. You make some sick mix tapes for Sam and you drink a lot (well, a little. Too much for a 14-year-old), so it’s perfect.
Lastly, the finishing touch. This typewriter necklace reminds you of your goals even when shit gets really really real. It pulls you back to Earth and gives you focus.