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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (edition 2012)

by Stephen Chbosky

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Member:sweenyfrancy
Title:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Authors:Stephen Chbosky
Info:MTV Books (2012), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction; YA

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I liked it enough. I liked Chbosky's writing style. Charlie's "voice," so to speak, is rather juvenile, and it seems more so when you realise he doesn't know what masturbation is, and he doesn't know what to do when he sees a boy rape his girlfriend in Charlie's own bedroom during a party one night. He doesn't stop it. But you find out why in the end, when it's revealed he has PTSD and possibly Stockholm Syndrome from being molested by his favourite aunt. So you can forgive Charlie for being sexually "weird."

I would have rated it higher if it weren't for the darned teenage girls and their love of quoting the same two quotes over and over to the point where the quotes essentially lose their meanings. It's not the book's fault really. ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 23, 2017 |
I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that while there are many things I'd like to change about this book, I understand why the author made those choices. The only reason I'd change them is for the book to fit my own taste and personality, but in general, I get it. The one thing that I really didn't like was the fact that Charlie is 15 years old, but it feels like he's 9 most of the time.

Other than that, this book did stir a few issues and emotions that I can relate with in a very deep level, so while it left me with a bittersweet/sad taste, I have to give it 4 stars because this book kept me interested all along and I love almost all the other characters. ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 14, 2017 |
The story opens as 15 year-old Charlie is coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael. His most imminent fear is starting high school alone. As a coping mechanism, Charlie starts writing letters to a stranger, someone he heard was nice but has never met in person.
At school, Charlie finds a friend and mentor in his English teacher, Bill. Bill is a new teacher and a young man. Charlie also overcomes his chronic shyness and approaches a classmate, Patrick, who, along with his step-sister Sam, become two of Charlie's Best friends.
During the course of the school year, Charlie has his first date and his first kiss, experiments with sex, he deals with bullies, he experiments with drugs and drinking, and he makes friends, loses them, and gains them back. Whoa! He creates his own soundtrack through a series of mix tapes full of iconic songs, reads a huge stack of classic books, and gets involved in the Rocky Horror Picture Show audience-participation culture.

Charlie, fortunately has a loving and stable home life, with supportive, but sometimes preoccupied parents to fall back on. Unfortunately, a disturbing family secret that Charlie has repressed for his entire life surfaces at the end of the school year. Charlie has a severe mental breakdown and ends up hospitalized.

Charlie's final letter closes with feelings of hope: getting released from the hospital, and finding a way to forgive his now deceased aunt Helen for what she did to him. Charlie hopes to join the real world, where he will participate in life instead of just watch it go by. ( )
  jothebookgirl | Jan 3, 2017 |
I would have liked this book more if I read it when I was 14. It definitely captures some of the teenage experiences and mindsets, but the writing was pretty stilted. I pictured it as a 35 year old dude trying to write as a teenager more than a teenager writing it himself, so that took me out of the story a lot. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Dec 26, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this book, it is easy to see why it became so popular. It is heartwarming and touches on a lot of issues and feelings that are common but not usually talked about. ( )
  Annabelleurb | Dec 12, 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.
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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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