I found this book to be interesting and pleasant to read, but not quite worth five stars. I enjoyed reading about Charlie's escapades and (sometimes) found his constant crying amusing. The Perks of Being a Wallflower deals with the everyday and not-so-everyday problems a teenager may face, such as relationships, drugs and alcohol, sex and pregnancy, love, homosexuality, life in a dysfunctional family, psychiatric problems, sexual sbuse, and death (both accidental and suicide). Since Charlie deals with all of these things in the span of about a year, he should be considered an extreme exaggeration of a teen. Most of us don't face all of these things in an entire lifetime. But, Charlie does offer insights on solutions to these problems, ofter creative ones. They make you think about your own problems in a creative way. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower is well written. Stephen Chbosky does a good job writing as a teenager, although sometimes it seems he gets slightly offtrack and makes Charlie seem younger, and other times makes him seem more wise than he should at 16. Perhaps Chbosky did so on purpose, to show the ups and downs of Charlie's mentality. He makes the characters interesting; they could be someone you know, yet none of them (except maybe Bob and Alice) are static. I think this book would mainly appeal to "generation X"or someone belonging to the "MTV generation". While I would recommend this book, I don't think oler folks would particularly enjoy it as much as teenagers or ages near that.