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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

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We learn about Charlie's freshman year in high school through letters he writes to an unnamed friend who he has never met. Charlie struggles to fit in in high school. His older brother is off to play football at Penn State, and his sister is a popular senior, but Charlie tends to observe events from the outside, rather than getting involved. But when he meets Sam and Patrick, and they show him some kindness, he begins to find his way. He doesn't fit in, but he begins to find his way. Told from Charlie's point of view only, we are somewhat limited in understanding how others feel because Charlie doesn't always read feelings well himself. Chbosky does a good job of putting us inside Charlie's head. ( )
  porch_reader | Aug 26, 2015 |
This uniquely written, coming of age story is a must read for those in high school and beyond. ( )
  Collibrarian | Aug 7, 2015 |
Just a blurb which I may flesh out later...

Liked this book quite a bit more than I expected. YA books aren't really my genre of choice, and they tend to have a bit too much recklessness/abandon per page, but this particular one I enjoyed quite a bit.

The year would put me about Charlie's brother's age - which opened up a bit of free nostalgia - beyond the simpler remembrances of things and people long gone.

I liked the style also. I found the letter format worked well and I felt the intended reader.

Good little book - Bravo.

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  Industrialstr | Aug 7, 2015 |
Catcher in the Rye .. the author refers to the book more than twice and I would say is the inspiration behind the book, but is somewhat different and more touching in some aspects. Then again one is written some 20 years before the other and both portray very similar yet different issues. It's about being a kid and trying to fit in and that's something we all did at one point. This is a much more organized read than Catcher in the Rye, but both are somewhat haphazard like the minds of a teenager trying to express him/herself. ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
I read about 30% of this book before dropping it. This is another of those books that has an insane amount of praise that it doesn't deserve. So far i've noticed the following things:

* Charlie is shown as a guy who feels that he doesn't "fit in" with other people around him. Little does he know that the reason he doesn't fit in with others is not because there is something wrong with him. It's because he's an introvert and he enjoys introverted activities - which the book hasn't brought out so far. For ex. he doesn't like parties, he can't relate to the fast and intense life that he sees other people living around him, he enjoys deep discussions rather than superficial banter, he likes hanging out with his two friends as opposed to a batallion of people like the fucks as extroverts typically like.

* Charlie is told about "the way" things work with girls. How you provide them a mould they can fit into and vice versa. Well, from my own life experience I feel that that is the wrong explanation of friendship/dating. It's true that some girls like being moulded but it's only because they haven't found themselves yet. They're girls, adolescents at heart, not mature women yet. Once they grow up and mature they would much rather have a person who is independent and listens to them. There's no moulding required on either side in a healthy relationship. Both sides are independent and developed/developing. They help each other.

The book gives the immature explanation to Charlie and so far this has not been rectified.

* Just after someone tells Charlie the above point Charlie becomes confused about relationships (no shit.. now that feels like a character I can feel). He starts observing other relationships around him and tries to figure out whether this point holds true or not. This is a very natural thing. It's the way introverts absorb the an advice. If someone tells you something that you can't absorb instantly it's pretty natural for you to experiment around it and then realize what it means. But at this point someone tells Charlie that he should participate in life rather than "thinking" about things. This was another strike for me. He's just being natural. Then someone gave him some theory and now he's met another jackass who's giving him another theory. This isn't really a coming-of-age story. I don't see Charlie maturing in anyway. What I do see is people around him giving him wrong advice and confusing the fuck out of him. Minus points for the book.

* The gay relationship of Patrick. This is like a parallel plot that goes on simultaneously. It's unrelated to Charlie. I guess all the gay lovers must have praised this book for this gay relationship itself. I'm not comfortable with the gay thing. I find it very disgusting and yucky. I guess my saying this itself is reason enough for people to start flaming. But before someone does that let me ask you a question - How would you feel if I discussed about a man making love to a camel? I would give you intricate details about the kiss, each one's reaction etc. Would you find it disgusting or would you openly accept it as "being a normal" thing? That's what I feel about this gay thing. If you like camels then please keep it to yourself. Don't expect everyone else to like it.

* The gay plotline again doesn't have anything to do with Charlie's maturing.

* The slow story progress. A time came when I felt that Charlie is just rambling about nothing. So I started skipping paragraphs. Didn't make a difference, so I started skimming through the text to see if any major plot developments take place. I must have skimmed around 5 pages before I lost interest in the book.

Overall I expected the book to tell me a story about someone who matures with time. Who starts learning about life and improves himself. Instead it was some random doodling story about a guy who keeps giving his opinions.... some love affair there... some gay here... some pretty girl there... more random doodling... I was quite disappointed with these expectations. I'm glad I'm putting this book down too. ( )
  MugenHere | Jul 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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