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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 Books (1999), Edition: Original, Paperback, 213 pages
Collections:Young Adult, Fiction, Favorites

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Such a realistic and lovely story. The friendships between the characters go through troubles not unlike one's most teenagers go through. The way Charlie thinks about the world and the people in it resonates with me really deeply; the idea of people-watching and realising that every one of them has their own individual lives. I loved this so much more than I was expecting to from watching the movie, which I thought was romanticising things that shouldn't be, but as usual the book outranks the movie so easily. The fact that the books written in the form of letters is so great for making you feel like you're a part of this story, that Charlie is telling you the story rather than just the story being told. 4/5 with no hesitation. It's only not getting a 5 because it didn't blow my mind and it isn't a favourite, but it is brilliant.

Hey, maybe this story will be infinite. ( )
  bastardreading | Oct 12, 2016 |
Loved it ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
3.5 stars ( )
  CrystalDawn1217 | Sep 19, 2016 |
I dropped this at 50%. It was just okay for me, I couldn't relate the the characters and disliked the format.
The narrator was fantastic ( )
  TheYodamom | Sep 17, 2016 |
I'm so sad that I didn't like this book.

I see that a lot of people love it, and please know that if you love this book, I'm not trying to convince you otherwise! If you want to read this book, you really don't have to pay any attention to my review.

... that said, I didn't like it. I think young adult stories (or lots of them) just aren't for me. I read this on recommendation of a friend, who said it was her favourite book. She actually contacted me to ask me if I knew any similar books, so I thought I'd read it properly to get a good sense of the book.

I didn't like the narrator, or the voice of the novel. And there's not much else I can really say about it? I just didn't like it.

But I would recommend it to anyone else who enjoys Chbosky's style of writing. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 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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