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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (edition 1999)

by Stephen Chbosky

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Title:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Authors:Stephen Chbosky
Info:MTV (1999), Paperback, 224 pages
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Rating:*****
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A bildungsroman (I can't handle, but will forever remember, this word - thanks Mrs Allen) of high school in the early '90s.

So emo, "Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense."

But perceptive (if not Beatles inspired), "all the books you've read have been read by other people. And all the songs you've loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that's pretty to you is pretty to other people. And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing 'unity.'

It's like when you are excited about a girl and you see a couple holding hands, and you feel so happy for them. And other times you see the same couple, and they make you so mad [sad]. And all you want is to always feel happy for them because you know that if you do, then it means that you're happy, too."

States the truth eloquently, "let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be." My quiet is nature, restores sanity - temporarily.

And ends with hope, "believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough."

OMG, this playlist. Spotify Charlie's List. ( )
  dandelionroots | Apr 27, 2018 |
It's been a long time since I've read a book I enjoyed so much and was able to savor so thoroughly. The humanity just oozes from the pages. It was highly refreshing and a soothing salve from the daily onslaught of crap coming from the current presidential race. I'm very sorry that it took me so long to discover it. ( )
  larryerick | Apr 26, 2018 |
I had to read this book for school as a part of the summer book reading program at my high school. I have to run a group discussion for it tomorrow with a group of 15 students - none of whom I have met. The story itself was up and down for me. I liked the main character as I felt like he was this smart kid who could never figure out how to act socially. The down parts were far too many though. This short book fit in about every teenage issue you could find from drugs, to abortion, to kids being molested, to fathers hitting children, to racist grandfathers, to boyfriends hitting girlfriends, to casual straight and homosexual sex - all of this in a quick 200 pages. I have no issues with any of these things being in the novel, but it was overwhelming and depressing to read them page after page. I am a bit terrified to have a discussion about these issues with teenagers I have never met, so let's hope for the best! ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
Charlie is the main character addressing an unknown recipient in this epistolary book. The audio was narrated by Noah Galvin. I have not seen the movie, but the narration gave a clear image of Charlie. Books written as letters can be difficult to follow on audio. I had no such issue here. I enjoy books from a teen perspective since so many adults forget teens struggle, too. Charlie is a boy I want to befriend. ( )
  godmotherx5 | Apr 5, 2018 |
This book was confusing and sad and disturbing and frustrating and I really liked it. Despite terrible loss and (literally) unspeakable tragedy, it ends with hope, and that hope is subtle and real and not just tossed at the Nice Teen-aged Reader. On the other hand, Charlie is so young to be so damaged and his friends are so young to be so jaded. The story takes place when I was the age of Charlie's friends, 17 or 18, but their lives lack any of the innocence mine had, and it makes me sad for them. ( )
  VanChocStrawberry | Apr 2, 2018 |
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:17 -0400)

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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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