It’s 1991 and Charlie’s not the most popular kid in school, but he’s not at the bottom of the high school food chain, either. In his first novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky intimately peers into the mind and heart of 15-year-old Charlie as he braves the dark turmoil of adolescence, in spite of his persisting depression and possibly as the result of an even darker secret, with the help of two older friends, Samantha and Patrick. Written in a series of witty, sensitive letters to an unidentified recipient, this novel is the voice of every generation. It’s relatable as it is humorous and, in turn, gives its readers a chance to burden a fictional character with their own troubles. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic. Remember: You are infinite.