Though THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER came out more than twenty years ago, it wasn’t until last year that I actually read it for the first time. It’s a favorite of a friend, so I decided to give it a try on his recommendation.
It’s one of those books that kind of punches you in the heart? Like, there were things I saw coming, and things I definitely did not see. Some moments left me feeling like my soul was lighter, like I was remembering the best moments a good friendship can bring. And other moments just wrenched my guts to pieces. WALLFLOWER also has a prominent openly gay character, which was a pretty big deal for a young adult book published in 1999. So, for my topic this Top Ten Tuesday, let’s talk about 10 books to read if you loved THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.
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10 Books to Read if You Loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera
What you need to know: A loner meets his person in NYC and learns one of them will die the next day. The prequel to THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END, though personally I fell harder for the story in this one.
Published October 4, 2022 | My Review
The Minus-One Club by Kekla Magoon
What you need to know: After losing his sister in a car accident, Kermit gets invited to a grief support group of sorts, where he finds love and friendship, until the group faces a crisis that could undo them all. Such great storytelling here.
Published January 17, 2023 | My Review
The Cartographers by Amy Zhang
What you need to know: Ocean tries to lose herself in the Big City, but a chaotic boy, and two roommates in denial about their feelings for one another may be just the recipe to help Ocean find her way forward. This one is as angsty as it is thought-provoking. I loved it.
Published January 31, 2023 | My Review
This Place is Still Beautiful
What you need to know: A racist incident makes it impossible for Annalie, who has always handled adversity by being as invisible as she can, to disappear. New friends and a new romance help her find confidence in her own voice. To me, best part of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is the way his friends help him find his voice. This book captured that, too, in such a great way.
Published June 7, 2022 | Review to Come
Brighter Than the Moon by David Valdes
What you need to know: Jonas met the girl of his dreams online, and now wants to bring the relationship into real life. She talks her best friend Ash into meeting him first, and the three embark on a wild, emotional ride. This one has such great friendship energy.
Published January 10, 2023 | My Review
How We Ricochet by Faith Gardner
What you need to know: After Betty and her family survive a shooting incident, she wrestles with why it happened. She builds a friendship with the brother of the shooter, trying to learn about the boy who tried to kill her sister and mother. An unforgettable, timely story.
Published May 24, 2022| Review to Come
We Can Be Heroes by Kylie McCauley
What you need to know: Two rivals join forces after their best friend is killed in a domestic violence shooting when they both begin to see the ghost of their lost friend. This one has made me a huge fan of this author’s books.
Published September 7, 2021 | My Review
What books would you add to my list?
Have you read THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (or seen the movie)? If so, what stories does it make you think of?
If you’ve written a “if you like this, read that” type of post about a book you love, share it in the comments so I can check it out!
It’s been AGES since I read/thought about Perks! Great idea for a list this week.
I really enjoyed All My Rage 🙂
Awww, thanks Jaime! It was a fun list to put together. Yes! I loved All My Rage, too. 🙂
I have read The Perks of Being A Wallflower, but I’m not sure I’d be able to come up with a whole list of books to compare to it, at least not that I’ve read. I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, I find books in that kind of epistolary format really hard to engage with-I enjoyed the movie much more, for me it was easier to engage with the story that way.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/03/28/top-ten-tuesday-413/
These all sound like super fun reads. 🙂
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-for-people-who-liked-shel-silverstein/
Thank you, Lydia! I’m excited to check out your post. 🙂
Perks of Being a Wallflower was my FAVORITE book growing up! I read They Both Die at the End this summer and need to read the prequel! It is sitting in my desk drawer waiting for a reading day at school! I added a lot to my list of books to check out – Great list ????
Yay! Glad to meet another fan of the book. 🙂 I hope you enjoy THE FIRST TO DIE AT THE END and get to read it soon. Thanks for checking out my list. 😀
I haven’t read any of these, but they all sound good.
Thanks, Deanna! I appreciate you checking out my list. 🙂