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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

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A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. It's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.… (more)
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Vivir al margen ofrece, una perspectiva única. pero siempre llega el momento de entrar en escena y ver, el mundo desde dentro. Charlie es un chico realmente especial: lee muchísimo, no sale con amigos ni con chicas y reflexiona sobre el mundo desde un punto de vista muy particular. Su ingenuidad, su incapacidad para relacionarse normalmente y su extrema sinceridad le crean más de un problema, especialmente ahora que su único amigo ha muerto. Conocer a Sam y Patrick, los chicos más populares e interesantes del instituto, provocará un giro radical en su vida que lo sumergirá de pleno en la adolescencia. Charlie, un chico ingenuo, mordaz y solitario, acaba de empezar el instituto. Vive con sus padres, su popular hermana y un hermano mayor que está a punto de comenzar la universidad. La cosa no pinta demasiado bien el primer día de instituto cuando solo consigue hacer un amigo: un alternativo profesor de lengua interesado en despertar el genio creativo de Charlie. Cuando conoce a la bella Sam y el excéntrico Patrick, unos chicos llenos de ganas de exprimir la vida al máximo, empieza a comprender lo que es crecer y hacerse adulto. Junto a ellos recorrerá caminos nuevos e inesperados: descubrirá música nueva, comenzará a salir de fiesta e incluso se enamorará por primera vez.
  MariaJoseMedinaB | Apr 28, 2024 |
I really wanted to like this book. And it isn't that the story was bad. It really wasn't. But this is an epistolary novel - and the letters are written by a 15-year-old boy named Charlie who clearly has some issues socializing - like maybe he has Aspergers or something. And Charlie writes like he is about seven years old. It was, at times, painful to read. I've taught many children with autism spectrum disorder who are even younger than Charlie is, and my 11-year-old niece has Aspergers - but none of these kids writes the way Charlie writes in this novel. His writing is far too childlike. His teacher calls him gifted - tells him how bright he is - but Charlie can barely express himself, writing in clipped sentences too simple for anyone more than half his age to have written. He is supposed to be writing essays about all these novels he is reading - these are extra assignments given to him by the teacher who thinks Charlie is so brilliant - but Charlie's writing, as evidenced by his letters, is just awful. While I was interested in the story itself and determined to read the whole novel to find out what happened to all the characters, I have to admit that by the time I was a little past half-way through it, I couldn't wait for it to be over. I heard so many good things about this novel, but I just didn't happen to be as impressed with it as a lot of other people were. I hear the movie is very good - I have a feeling I may enjoy it more than the novel, which is not usually the case for me. ( )
  clamagna | Apr 4, 2024 |
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
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  hfgd | Feb 15, 2024 |
Read this in a single day. I was interested on the characters and the plotting but hated the final twist/reveal about Charlie's past. I thought it was over the top and unnecessary.

Enjoyed all the other teenaged angst but felt it was pretty ridiculous that the seniors - oddballs or not - would have taken Charlie under their wing and therefore the entire premise is flawed.

Can't imagine what they actually chose to put into the movie. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
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For my family
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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.” (Bill, Charlie's English teacher)
“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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A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. It's a story of what it's like to grow up in high school, tracing a course through uncharted territory in the world of first dates, family dramas and new friends.

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