I am a librarian who works with teenagers, and I have to suggest The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for your list of books that will change the reader’s perspective and become more optimistic. Yes, this is a book for teenagers and young adults, but I have many adult patrons and friends who have read this and return to it again and again when they need a boost. I personally adore it and have a much-loved copy in my home collection.
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