Why did I love this book?
The way music is used in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it could be a character itself. Chbosky masterfully weaves a soundtrack into this story by his narrator Charlie’s commentary on songs and their artists, as well as his observations about literature and art as a kid in Pittsburgh circa 1991. The kind of music a person loves reveals so much about them, and I feel like I know Charlie on a deeper level because of how he feels about the song “Asleep” by The Smiths. I’d buy a cassette player just to listen to a mixtape made by any of the characters in this story. Even Mary Elizabeth.