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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky (Author)

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The script could not be written any more platitude. ( )
  payam-tommy | Mar 13, 2015 |
What a gem! I wish I had read this classic when I was in high school. ( )
  LAKobow | Mar 5, 2015 |
a bit disappointing but probably all on me and not the book. At 40-something, this didn't hit the rigth buttons. I'd like to know more about Charlie, even after revelations were made to the reader. I think that on the screen, the director can provide the missing elements that the author requires us to assume. The epistolary method ended up working out well for this story, keeping the story anonymous and timeless (except, of course, for the dates on the letters) Not looking forward at all to my near-teens to go through all of the drinking and drug use that seemed to be a common theme to every weekend. When I went to high school, the seniors and freshmen didn't hang out together, but then again, turning 16 in the middle of a freshman year is a bit unusual, unless you've been held back a year or two. This is one of the fascets of Charlie's story that I'd like to know more of. What did he actually go through when he was younger and closer to when he was traumatized by his Aunt Helen!?!?!?!?!??!

actually give the book 2.5 stars... I'd hesitate recommending this to anyone. To quote Charlie, "The movie (in this case, this book) itself was interesting, but I don't think it was very good because I didn't really feel different when it was over." ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
Summary: Due to stress from his up-coming freshman year in high school, Charlie begins writing letters to a person of unspecified gender and age because "she said" this person was a good listener and doesn't sleep with people at parties just because they can. What unfolds is a story of a naive young boy who learns to date and make friends; explore sexuality, drugs, and alcohol; and generally becomes self-aware during his freshman year in high school.

Review: Contemporary high school books are generally difficult to read because of difficult topics; however, this book was a smooth, easy read despite its dark content. Charlie's voice seemed a bit naive throughout the book, but I think this was purposefully written. Regardless of, or perhaps because of, Charlie's naivete, he was a sweet and charming character, and I truly cared about him by the end of the book.

I've heard great things about the movie, and am eager to see it. ( )
1 vote The_Hibernator | Feb 15, 2015 |
A coming of age story about a boy named Charlie. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower was a pleasant and well written book. It gives its reader a glimpse of what some (all perhaps, unless you live a sheltered life)youngsters are faced with as a teenager (friendship, drugs and alcohol, sex, teenage pregnancy and abortion, heartbreak, sexual abuse, homosexuality, suicide, death and relationships). The book made me sad but it was a kind of sadness out of concern for Charlie. He never really seemed truly happy or even walked in true freedom. He was intelligent, socially awkward, tender hearted and more concerned about everyone else's happiness, which tugged at my heart. The ending explained a lot of who he was. It was the ending that left me feeling that Charlie was free to finally be himself. I enjoyed the book but I would only recommend this book to a mature audience. ( )
  Feleciak | Feb 12, 2015 |
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Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have.
“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”
“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.”
And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t.
Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think that everyone is special in their own way. I really do.
The inside jokes weren’t jokes anymore. They had become stories. Nobody brought up the bad names or the bad times. And nobody felt sad as long as we could postpone tomorrow with more nostalgia.
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What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings:

I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.
With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis

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A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

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