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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
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Info:MTV (1999), Paperback, 224 pages
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This was a wonderful epistolary novel - tracing the angst of an introverted teenager with warmth, compassion, humor and more than a touch of wisdom. Goes down as one of my favorites of all time! ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
I want to feel infinite after reading this book. I thought it was a clever book, I love that we never find out the actual names of these characters and the "friend" was never revealed because these experiences and thoughts could be applied to anyone and I think that was the purpose. We are all special and we could all relate in some way to the experiences and feelings that Charlie goes through. I think the most important part of the book was when Charlie realizes that he can't always be an observer and be so caught up in his own thoughts that he forgets to participate in life and with the people around him. It's definitely a must read and a must have for book collectors.
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  jthao_02 | May 18, 2017 |
Striving to correct the deficiencies in some of my reading when I was a teen/YA (and having a desire to finally watch the film adaptation) I found this to be a very compelling read. Charlie is a wonderful narrator. I was never part of the “In” crowd during my high school years. My friends and I were, while not “wallflowers” we were on the fringes of high school social life and were more observers than active participants in some social activities. I am also a big fan of “stream of consciousness style of writing – so apropos IMO when the writing takes is in a series of letter that have a quasi-journal look and feel. The themes are meaty (and potentially unsettling for some younger readers) but not unknown to the average teenager struggling with that awkward transition from child to adulthood: mental health, substance abuse, sexuality and sexual abuse, inhibition and family issues. For me, this book is a reminder of both the joys, the freedom and the heart-wrenching angst that represents adolescence. The fluid storytelling approach employed by Chbosky works beautifully. It really captures the extreme highs and lows Charlie’s emotions cycle through, and does so in a very believable fashion. While I never knew a Charlie when I was growing up, I did know a handful of individuals that, when drawn together, would create a composite Charlie. It is the authenticity with which Chbosky writes that makes this such a wonderfully moving coming of age story to read.

Favorite Quote:"I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them." Words to live by. ( )
  lkernagh | May 14, 2017 |
As narrator of this audiobook, Noah Galvin, is excellent. ( )
  PaperDollLady | May 6, 2017 |
Another teen book to show us how high schoolers love to self-destruct, roam depressed, stay clueless, and adore hippy themed creatures instead of normal (boring) ones. It was an easy read and entertaining mostly, so three stars. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
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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.
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“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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