Standalone Sunday : The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Happy, happy Sunday, my bookish friends! Here is another mind-blowingly amazing contemporary YA novel. I am dying for Chbosky to write another novel, like I’m sure many of you are. Has anyone heard any word of him working on any other projects? He’s definitely one of the YA contemporary greats like Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Adam Silvera, and Jandy Nelson.

Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme created by Megan@bookslayerReads. This meme is about a Standalone book (that is not part of a series) that you loved and would recommend. Be sure to check out her awesome bookish blog!


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

22628Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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Wine Pairing

Yes, there is an actual Wallflower wine! So why not try pairing this Wallflower White Frontignac Semillon with The Perks of Being a Wallflower?! It’s got a really interesting flavor, which goes well with the characters in this book. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and lot a bit complex.


I’m sure I could do Standalone Sundays on lovely contemporary YA novels for the rest of forever, but I would be so thrilled if anyone could recommend me a good YA fantasy standalone. I can’t recall reading one myself, but I would LOVE to. All my favorite YA fantasies are series or duologies.

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