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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (edition 2012)

by Stephen Chbosky

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

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I identify with Charlie. It's a scary thought, but books should make you think. ( )
  hillaryschmillary | Apr 26, 2016 |
Chbosky writes an epistolary novel in which the main character, Charlie, writes of his teenage experiences to an anonymous reader. Charlie is an introverted, shy, and unpopular teenager who experiences the rites of passage to adulthood through observation. Charlie indirectly explores the world of drinking, sexuality, and drugs by hanging with his sister and his older friends. In fact, it is the subject matter and language that lands The Perks of Being a Wallflower on many banned books lists. The themes in the novel include body image, first love, suicide, eating disorder, and sexuality. The popularity of the text is attributed to the "real" language of the characters and the universal situations to which teens can relate. Although I think that this book is a good example of universal theme, I seldom use it. Since the book includes many references to pop culture, one potential use of the book would be in a unit exploring the effect of pop culture on society. ( )
  sgemmell | Apr 21, 2016 |
This is an amazing book for students to read who are going into high school, since the main character is also going into high school. It is a very well put together story created by letter written by the main character. This would be beneficial to use as an independent read for students, but also allow them to reflect and have discussions on what they just read. This will allow them to make connections to the book and really understand the characters through their own interpretations and others as well. ( )
  aeuin01 | Apr 20, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this one. It had echoes of a few coming of age books many are mentioned in the text itself. It covers everything from family love and drama to friends and sex. Well worth reading ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |

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It's really hard for me to articulate how I felt about this book. There was just something 'off' with the whole tone of the story. I just felt like the teenagers in this book tried too hard to be edgy and different. Everyone was smoking, taking drugs or having sex and there were endless discussions about songs, poetry, books - it just goes on. The characters didn't feel realistic to me and I felt myself rolling my eyes often.

I didn't like Charlie as a narrator really, he is a freshman in high school but he sounds like he is 9 years old and is always crying. I didn't find it cute and I would have preferred it if Charlie was portrayed differently. There are so many heavy topics hinted at such as rape, child abuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, bullying, abortion, drugs, and alcohol. It just felt like all the serious issues that a teenager could ever experience or witness was just crammed in there without any sort of further exploration.

I didn't really care much about what happened to any of the characters, and I guessed pretty quickly what the issue was with Charlie at the end, so it was predictable. Some bits were somewhat entertaining but on the whole I personally just could not connect with this book. ( )
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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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