Author: Stephen Chbosky
What To Read Next: It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, Brave New Girl by Louisa Luna
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has been a staple on teen bookshelves since it was published in 1999. You must remember seeing numerous yellow-green paperbacks of this book tucked under arms in between classes.
The main character, Charlie, writes a series of letters to someone he's never met as a sort of therapy to help him deal with his haunting past. The letters describe his progression from a shy, wounded, and introverted freshman on the first day of high school, to a social butterfly with close friends. Along the way, he falls in love with a girl named Sam and sees Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Plus, it expanded the musical background of teens beyond Top 40. Raise your hand if you listen to "Asleep" by The Smiths because of Chbosky's book. Thought so.