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    DescriptionStanding on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective...but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky's haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the "New York Times "bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a story about what it's like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


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    Title
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen Chbosky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 196 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780671027346
    ISBN 10: 0671027344
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    B&T Approval Code: X11823000
    B&T Book Type: JF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP034
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ADOLES
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039020
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 813/.54
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1990
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: CURR/LANGAR
    B&T General Subject: 218
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/PENNSY, CTHD/LANGAR
    BISAC V2.8: JUV039080, FIC043000
    LC classification: PS3553.H34, PS3553.H3469 P47 1999
    Thema V1.0: FB
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Publication date
    03 August 1999
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    Aspiring filmmaker/first-novelist Chbosky adds an upbeat ending to a tale of teenaged angst - the right combination of realism and uplift to allow it on high school reading lists, though some might object to the sexuality, drinking, and dope-smoking. More sophisticated readers might object to the rip-off of Salinger, though Chbosky pays homage by having his protagonist read Catcher in the Rye. Like Holden, Charlie oozes sincerity, rails against celebrity phoniness, and feels an extraliterary bond with his favorite writers (Harper Lee, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Ayn Rand, etc.). But Charlie's no rich kid: the third child in a middle-class family, he attends public school in western Pennsylvania, has an older brother who plays football at Penn State, and an older sister who worries about boys a lot. An epistolary novel addressed to an anonymous "friend," Charlie's letters cover his first year in high school, a time haunted by the recent suicide of his best friend. Always quick to shed tears, Charlie also feels guilty about the death of his Aunt Helen, a troubled woman who lived with Charlie's family at the time of her fatal car wreck. Though he begins as a friendless observer, Charlie is soon pals with seniors Patrick and Sam (for Samantha), stepsiblings who include Charlie in their circle, where he smokes pot for the first time, drops acid, and falls madly in love with the inaccessible Sam. His first relationship ends miserably because Charlie remains compulsively honest, though he proves a loyal friend (to Patrick when he's gay-bashed) and brother (when his sister needs an abortion). Depressed when all his friends prepare for college, Charlie has a catatonic breakdown, which resolves itself neatly and reveals a long-repressed truth about Aunt Helen. A plain-written narrative suggesting that passivity, and thinking too much, lead to confusion and anxiety. Perhaps the folks at (co-publisher) MTV see the synergy here with Daria or any number of videos by the sensitive singer-songwriters they feature. (Kirkus Reviews)