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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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Charlie is that strange combination of smart and naive you get with a intelligent "wallflower". He suffered a mental breakdown as a child when his Aunt died. Now he is starting High School. He makes friends and comes to grips with the past. I love that their is a hopeful ending. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 21, 2017 |
Perks is a great Teen Literature addition. The book is filled with many mature themes, but they are hidden behind the main character's brief letters. The book is a wonderful look into a wallflower's observations of high school while dealing with his own inner turmoil. ( )
  OliviaMcElwain | Mar 11, 2017 |
Summary: Charlie is a freshman in high school trying to figure it all out. He is so young and naive yet inquisitive about life around him. This book is written in diary form, addressing the entries to “Friend”. The reader is able to connect as the friend, or as Charlie. Charlie lives in a house hold where his parents fight, and his older sister is going through her own struggles. Nonetheless, Charlie had two close friends, whom he starts to feel feeling for one of them. Overall, his English teacher is the only consistent person in his life.

Personal Response: When I first read this book, I hated it. I had to go back and read two more times to really understand the overall meaning and themes of the novel. The book is an easy read, but the messages are hidden beneath the plot. This book is still not my favorite, but it has grown on me.

Curriculum Connection: This novel would be a good read for those advanced readers. There is some crude humor, rude language, and questionable high school activities. I would only suggest the mature audience read this novel. ( )
  Lisette25 | Feb 26, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book though family story's are not usually my genre. It reminded me a lot of my school experiences. ( )
  SA_Jane | Feb 18, 2017 |
WOW what an amazing book it approaches teen depression in a way that makes it relatable to those who haven't suffered this awful illness. It is definitely written differently than most books but it is easy. I read it after seeing the movie and I was not dissapointed. A must read for anyone who is interested in a quirky book ( )
  KirstyWebb007 | Feb 1, 2017 |
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Perks is a great Teen Literature addition. The book is filled with many mature themes, but they are hidden behind the main character's brief letters. The book is a wonderful look into a wallflower's observations of high school while dealing with his own inner turmoil.
 

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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:17 -0400)

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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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