The Perks of Being a Wallflower has become an essential, albeit controversial, coming-of-age novel since its publication by MTV Books in 1999. The book is written in an epistolary style, in the form of letters written by a 15-year-old boy known only as "Charlie" about his freshman year of high school in the early 1990s. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has plenty of sex and drugs mixed in with its rock 'n' roll (among other musical genres), and its dark subject matter and references to sexual assault, drinking, and drug use have prompted bans from numerous high school reading lists. Still, the book is a perennial favorite among young adult readers, as Charlie's personal musings on...
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