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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

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Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love, until a repressed secret from his past threatens to destroy his newfound happiness.… (more)
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I think I know why so many people like it. Things that teenagers go through are kinda well depicted in this book. And it gives a lot of (stupid) quotes to underline, copy and paste somewhere.
I wasn't a fan of how the book started because it was getting boring but thank god, this picked up pace.
Charlie was kind of too naive and I couldn't emotionally connect with him but I enjoyed his introverted thoughts.
The book reminded me of [b:The Catcher in the Rye|5107|The Catcher in the Rye|J.D. Salinger|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1398034300s/5107.jpg|3036731], which I like more.
But I didn't hate anything in the book and I think that is saying a lot. ( )
  AzuraScarlet | Aug 1, 2020 |
Fun but kinda depressing. ( )
  IridescenceDeep | Jun 28, 2020 |
DNF at page 132.

I feel ridiculous DNFing this with 80 pages left, but I physically cannot make myself keep reading. I'm bored out of my mind. I can't stand the writing style. Other than Charlie, the characters have absolutely no development, and I just can't bring myself to care about Charlie. There's NO plot, just a series of unrelated events. This is one of the most tedious books I've ever tried to read, and I feel SO relieved to be DNFing this. I've literally been reading this book for eight months, and I'm still only on page 132.

I just don't get what's so amazing about this book. If you love it, that's great, but it's just not working for me, and I'm not going to force myself to finish.
1 vote irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
I really enjoyed this book. The diary/letter writing style was very interesting and it made the read even more fun. I loved how it brought me along for the roller coaster of emotions. I liked that the book touched on depression and abuse. ( )
  InfiniteWolves | Jun 16, 2020 |
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

Perks of Being a Wallflower is the memoir of a 15-year-old Charles who just got into a high school and is trying to steer through life as he tries to "participate" in life more and more.
I watched the movie first, and read the book after quite some time. I'll have to say that reading the book after watching the movie was definitely worth it, since the book has a more intimate, one-to-one feel to it as compared to the more third person approach which the movie takes. The movie definitely does justice to the characters, especially Patrick and Sam retaining their easy-going, quirky character.
It was a light and easy and heart-warming read for most of the part, many references were made to really good books that Charlie's English teacher gave to him (To Kill a Mockingbird, Fountainhead, etc.) and Charlie mentions multiple songs which he made a mixtape out of (it includes a couple of Beatles songs too!). There was also a rather accurate thing his English teacher mentions (or should I say, the author does) about Fountainhead: When he gave me the book, Bill said, “Be skeptical about this one. It’s a great book. But try to be a filter, not a sponge.”

Don't expect it to have any deep exploration of the numerous topics it touches upon, including, but not limited to, relationships, child abuse, coming-of-age, homosexuality. Treat it as what it is, the memoirs of an awkward wallflower trying to find his place in life. ( )
  harshitgarg22 | Jun 11, 2020 |
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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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