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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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I don’t believe I’ve read a more heartwarming and heartbreaking book like The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It was always on my to-read pile, I just never got around to it; but, with the coming of the movie I finally decided to pick it up.

Charlie is about to start High School, he is a quiet observer who often lives inside his own thoughts. He meets Sam and Patrick, seniors and siblings, who take him under their wing and help him navigate life as a high-schooler.

Charlie tells his story through letters to a “friend” - the reader is not aware of the identity of the recipient and the recipient of the letter is not aware of Charlie’s identity. In his letters to this stranger, Charlie is candid about his life in school and at home, he talks about the things that he experiences and relates, with clarity, his emotions.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bit of a coming of age book, as we read more about Charlie, we get to understand why he is the way he is and I found myself feeling very deeply for him. The characters in this novel are all very real, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out that they use to attended high school with me. Charlie is just so lovable, it’s hard to see him as a social outcast among his peers - but he’s different, so he’s avoided.

Along with having wonderful characters, the novel has a great storyline as well. I also find it to be a very quotable book, there are a lot of great lines in it, from the famous “we were infinite” line to “we accept the love we think we deserve”.

After finishing this book, I can completely understand why it has such a following, there is something in it for everyone, regardless of age.
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  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
Good story, but I have to say, I think it's overrated. I'm not a fan of Chobsky's writing style. I love the story itself and the letter format, but something just didn't click for me. ( )
  hamm4d | Nov 24, 2016 |
Good story, but I have to say, I think it's overrated. I'm not a fan of Chobsky's writing style. I love the story itself and the letter format, but something just didn't click for me. ( )
  hamm4d | Nov 24, 2016 |
It was hard for me to like this book while I was reading it because it was so honest. But because of that I really respected it. I really loved Charlie's narration and the premises of the book are so profound. Having watched the movie before I didn't know the book was a series of letters from an anonymous boy. It's ingenious that the author created pseudonyms for all the main characters. And despite that you feel such emotion for the people. I loved how it was so real. However I wasn't sure if I liked the book until the epilogue. It was tough to get through because of the topics it discusses but that's life. I was so happy for Charlie to change his perspective at the end. It was beautifully written. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
An excellent read about misfits in high school and the difficulties of growing up.

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-perks-of-being-wallflower-by.html

We accept the love we think we deserve.

Sometimes, my dad calls her beautiful, but she cannot hear him.
--Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower p 16)
-Do you always think this much, Charlie?
-Is that bad?
-Not necessarily. It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.
-- Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower p 24)
Not everybody has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.
-- Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower p28)
I almost didn’t get an A in math, but then Mr. Carlo told me to stop asking ‘why?’ all the time and just follow the formulas. So, I did. Now, I get perfect scores on all my tests. I just wish I knew what the formulas did. I honestly have no idea.
-- Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower p 165) ( )
  nicolewbrown | Nov 18, 2016 |
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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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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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