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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (edition 2012)

by Stephen Chbosky

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Member:AndrewIUSLIS
Title:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Authors:Stephen Chbosky
Info:MTV Books (2012), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:YA Fiction Novels
Rating:****
Tags:Age range: 9-12, graphic, read before movie

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Fantastic book. I couldn't put it down the minute I started reading it. ( )
  lapiccolina | Jun 23, 2017 |
Excellent.
I've finally read it and it is everything I wanted it to be.
I did see this film first, only because I was impatient and my book hadn't arrived in the mail yet. But they are so close and so similar. I love it. Instant favourite.

I want to hug Charlie.
Hug him and never let go. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
This book has been on my long-list since forever. Forever meaning since my college days? And I think I probably should have read it around that time - I might have had a better appreciation for it. Anyhow...

The book is formatted in a letters to a friend/stranger form and covers the span Charlie's (the main & only POV) high school freshman year. If you have ever felt 'different'/left out or just out-of-synch with your peers, then this book will speak volumes to you - as a contemporary or as someone you remember (viz. yourself at that age - mentally or otherwise). Charlie is lucky in that he found people who accepted him as is and had family who supported him - many are not so fortunate. I won't go much into the nitty gritty - it was a pretty fast read and it is pretty straightforward.

"We accept the love we think we deserve..."

My one main takeaway from this book was how important it is to have people accept you before you can accept yourself. People are at times fragile in ways you don't think - our deal-breakers sometimes the most unexpected things, our inner landscapes alien to even our own selves. So, yeah... this is a pretty personal book... and whether you like it or not will probably depend on whether you can relate to it.

Rating: I can't say I *really* liked it but I did like it - hence the 3 star rating. Some of it did remind me of high school - though only in a feelings evoked way and not necessarily in a similar experience way. Mostly it was a window into Charlie's world... though I did enjoy the letter to a friend/first person POV format - as it reminded me of a scene from the movie "In The Mood For Love" where the main character related an old story of "how in older times, when a person had a secret that could not be shared, he would instead go atop a mountain, make a hollow in a tree, whisper the secret into that hollow and cover it with mud". Same difference. We all need outlets I guess. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
I absolutely loved "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. I don't know why I never read this book when it first came out... but it was exactly what I needed to read right now in my life. It put things into perspective for me, not sure how or why. I listened to it for the past two weeks on my way to work and it was a great way to experience the book. The author did an amazing job capturing the right blend of teen angst and real life drama. Not a happy go lucky book... but neither is life. This tells it like it is and is enjoyable along the way.
Happy Reading...enjoy! ( )
  AmyJ71 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Audiobook performed by Noah Galvin

This is a coming-of-age novel featuring 15-year-old Charlie, who tells the story via letters he writes to an unnamed friend. Via these letters he chronicles his life during his freshman year of high school. As the book opens, Charlie states that his friend, Michael, killed himself the prior spring. This paragraph from the first letter gives the reader a sense of the tone: So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.

I like YA fiction like this. Charlie is very real. He has good days and not-so-good days, as he struggles to come to grips with has happened around him. His parents seem genuinely caring, though somewhat clueless about his use of alcohol. He finds new friends who also help him adjust to his new school. He is a great observer of teenage and family life. As he describes events and how he reacts to them, he gives the reader a pretty accurate view of high-school dynamics.

This is Chbosky’s debut novel. Since its release he seems to have concentrated on screenwriting and directing. I hope he writes another novel; I would definitely read it.

Noah Galvin does a superb job of performing the audiobook. I totally believed he was a teenaged Charlie. He is in turns excited, apprehensive, despondent, eager, cautious, frightened, and hopeful. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 16, 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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