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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (edition 1999)

by Stephen Chbosky

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Title:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Authors:Stephen Chbosky
Info:MTV (1999), Paperback, 224 pages
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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So after reading this book, I am glad I held off on watching he film adaptation because I wanted to read the book first. This was a smart choice on my part, because although I have still yet to see the film, I just don't know if the film will hold up to the book. Not to say that the movie will be bad, but I just don't think it will be as good.

I will explain as much as possible without spoiling the book.

Some people might find the fact that the entire story took place in a series of letters from Charlie to a friend, but I found it very interesting. This story was a...well I can't say roller coaster, because while it had ups and downs, it wasn't the type of ups and downs you would experience in a roller coaster type novel. This was more of a journey with dips and bumps. It was somewhat coming-of-age, but more so a journey in finding the truth and becoming whole. Figuring out who you are and who you want to be. It was about just being.

Charlie was this wonderfully innocent and naive character that you just routed for. You wanted to see him happy; you wanted to hug him most of the time. And on the rare occasion you wanted to shake him and ask how it was that he didn't know these things. But in truth, there are a lot of people like Charlie who live in their own world, and just don't know things that their peers know, things that one would assume someone of their age and intelligence should know. But there were so many other things that he did know that were really important to his character.

I feel like I related to Charlie in so many ways, but in other ways I was just like everyone else, thinking, "You should know this!" or "You should act this way."

The end of the book was surprising and really unexpected, but not in a bad way. I really enjoyed the journey of Charlie, so much so that I only put the book down because I started reading it late and I was just too tired to finish. ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 23, 2016 |
It kind of reads like Catcher in the Rye. It draws you in with its easy story telling from the first page. The drama and romance and lovable tales of friendship only grow from there. It is hard for everyone to start out making friends at a new school. So it is a very relatable drama with some interesting incites into teeanage situations dealing with suicide, and homosexuality. All in all, a great read! ( )
  BrandyLuther | Jun 19, 2016 |
tough, honest gritty kinda read
not for early teens ( )
  Yerk | Jun 9, 2016 |
This is a classic coming of age novel and it does a great job of doing so. it focus on a boy who is a little bit socially awkward and it dealing with some issues and it brings to light his problems and he is able to deal with them with some new friends he makes. the story is an easy read and is pretty quick it is recommend for teenagers and i would agree with that. the book was definitely better than the movie which is also good. it is really worth the read.
  maggiesimonetti | Jun 8, 2016 |
I didn't understand this book as well as others might. I simply was confused about many of the things that the characters did at parties and when they hung out. This is not the fault of the author, but of my own, as I never did anything a normal teenager is supposed to do. Regardless of that, it was still fun to follow the story of Charlie. Charlie is smart, sweet, and most importantly he is good. He just is good. His thoughts are never directed against people, he always tries to be nice and see the good in people. He doesn't really try. He just does it. He is innocent and doesn't see the world happening around him. It's wonderful reading about a character who just does the right thing no matter what. The author made a brilliant decision by making it first person as you can truly understand Charlie and empathize with him. When you learn more about his past and you realize that he has experienced things that really troubled him, and yet despite those he still goes through life as innocent as can be, you can't help but appreciate how strong he is. The others in his class may go and seek bad things, but Charlie stays his own person and doesn't follow them for the most part. It bothers me when he starts smoking, I didn't think it really made sense on the part of the author to make Charlie do that, but it pains you as a reader to see this kid lose some battles as he tries to fit in with the other kids. I wish the story ended on a happier note and the problems all got resolved. I didn't care too much for most of the other characters but Charlie deserved to have a happier ending to this book. ( )
  DrPedro | Jun 8, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0671027344, Paperback)

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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