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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 was immediately drawn to this book....I mean it was being compared to "The catcher in the Rye", one of my favorite of all time books.....meh, not even close. I actually preferred John Greens " Looking for Alaska". This is an ok read it's definitely NO " Cather in the rye. ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | May 22, 2022 |
Thanks to my sister Val who gave me this book for my birthday. It was brilliant. Really. I loved the format of a letter written to some friend that we never know. I loved Charlie. I have had difficulty lately though of determining gender when I start a book; it isn't a problem I just get a little confused. I thought Charlie was a girl. In "To Kill a Mockingbird" I thought Scout was a boy. Anyway, I loved Charlie. He reminded me of many people in my life who are innocently funny and purely exceptional. I cried quite a bit as the writing was touching in a jolting way at times. It felt nostalgic as well for me as I recognized a lot of the time references. Nicely done. I can't wait to see the movie and I think Emma Watson will be perfect in it. Handed off directly to my soon-to-be-fifteen year old daughter. I loved the part when he decides to write a story himself and gets annoyed at the main character. Hilarious.

I have added a new shelf: "Wallflower Influence" to capture the books I haven't read yet that Charlie read in his freshman year of high school.

To Charlie, to being infinite. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
Dear Charlie,
This was really sweet. Thank you! ❤️ ( )
  tonimeter | May 13, 2022 |
I didn't expect to be so charmed by this book, but Charlie will do that to a reader. Unflinching, adventurous and exuberant. Not an easy book to read, but an authentic portrayal of the rage, heartache and extasy of adolescence. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I got this as a gift a year or so ago but for various reasons had never started it. As soon as I did I couldn't put it down. Deeply, deeply moving and honest. A really lovely book about what it means to be one of those people who just doesn't deal very well with life. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
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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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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.

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