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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:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction; YA

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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A very relatable story about all the adult thoughts we had in an adolscent way and the belief in happiness that gets us through. ( )
  Bricker | Jul 19, 2017 |
I'd give it a 3.5. I liked it but wasn't very impressed. There was a feeling of deja vu through the book that I couldn't shake off. There are some great lines and scenes but it also felt bland and lacking depth during other times. ( )
  ArchanaV | Jul 16, 2017 |
Charlie writes letter to an unknown neighbor. I love that the reader becomes the recipient of Charlie's letters and gets to know him and his friends through the missives. Perks of Being a Wallflower is wonderfully written and many teenagers can find a character to relate to in the story. Charlie is used to be a loner, especially after his friend commits suicide after middle school. He meets Patrick and Sam, step siblings, who take Charlie under their wing and give him a group to belong to. Charlie experiences many firsts in this book: first dates, first love and first kisses. This book contains graphic moments and language, as well as eludes to various types of abuse. ( )
  VClarke | Jul 9, 2017 |
Hmm. I noticed this one on Scribd and remembered that everyone loved it when it came out, and I was in the mood for YA. But it reads like it was written by someone who hasn't read much YA and thinks, "Hey, I have the perfect idea for a YA novel! It's about this guy who can't relate to other people because [insert personal crisis here] but meets these two TOTALLY AWESOME people and they like him, and then at the end you find out his Big Secret!"

But to be fair, that might have been pretty original in 1999, when it was written. Perhaps the reason that storyline became so prevalent a few years ago is that the people who were hugely influenced by this book in their teen years started writing with this as their inspiration. Sometimes it's hard to read influential books years after they were written, because you can't separate the original source from the works that it inspires... which are sometimes better than the original. I've been reading YA steadily since the 70s, but I have to admit that I don't remember much about late-90s YA, so I really don't remember whether this was as groundbreaking at the time as it has become in retrospect.

I did think it was pretty neat to read in the author's bio that he was responsible for "Jericho," which was one of my favorite underrated TV shows--and also spawned a whole industry of imitations. So if this novel gave Stephen Chbosky the reputation he needed to be able to put "Jericho" on TV... I'm good with that. ( )
  VintageReader | Jul 9, 2017 |
I've been hearing about this book since high school so I went into this thinking it would be the best book I had read in a long time. However, I think my expectations were either built too high or my taste in literature is very different from those who loved this book because I didn't find it to be all that good. In fact the only reason this earned 3 stars instead of 2 is the simple fact that there were a few pages that were so good that I couldn't put the book down for a bit. A few good pages does not make up for the rest of the book. I felt like the author tried to shove as many "issues" into the book as he could for shock value. The book as a whole reads like a script to a bad Lifetime movie. Needless to say I'm disappointed but since Emma Watson is in the film I'll probably still go and see it. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 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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