Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his award-winning novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has worked in film and television, on projects including the film version of the smash-hit musical Rent; the TV show Jericho; and others. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.
"Charlie is such a completely good, pure human being (the
way we were supposed to come off the production line) that you
wonder how he sprang from the imagination of an ordinary adult
author. . . . Again and again throughout the book he exhibits that
pure wisdom we all like to read about and witness. And Stephen
Chbosky doesn't let us down. . . . In this culture where
adolescence is a dirty word, I hope nothing bad ever happens to
--Los Angeles Times
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a timeless story for every young person who needs to understand that they are not alone. A bright light in what can be a dark time. And just for the record, I saw the movie adaptation four times. Read the book first. You'll never forget it."
"[C]ould be a memo about the importance of inclusiveness."
"A coming-of-age tale in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace. . . . [Chbosky's] poignant reflections on life, love and friendship are often inspirational and always beautifully written."
"A quick sensation after it was published, earning cult status and a place on many school reading lists."
--The New York Times
"Compelling. . . . Charlie is a likeable kid whose humor-laced trials and tribulations will please both adults and teens."
"Depth and gravity. . . . bump[s] it. . . . into the cannon of high school classics."
"I honestly think that the world would be a better place if there were more people like Charlie."
"Like Holden [Caulfield], Charlie oozes sincerity."
"Once in a while, a novel comes along that becomes a generational touchstone. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those books, a story so effortlessly told, with characters so truthfully rendered, you can forget just how beautiful the writing actually is. So I'm here to remind you: Chbosky is not just a great storyteller, he's a master of his craft."
--R.J.Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder
"Palpably real. . . . Charlie develops from an observant wallflower into his own man of action. . . . This report on his life will engage teen readers for years to come."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"Twenty years after its initial publication, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is somehow more resonant, more relevant, than ever. This is the mark not just of a good book, but a classic one."
--Gayle Forman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way