The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By (author) Stephen Chbosky

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Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic. The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, "Perks" follows observant "wallflower" Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. A #1 "New York Times" best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or "wallflowers" of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 126 x 176 x 12mm | 359.99g
  • 03 Aug 1999
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York
  • English
  • 0671027344
  • 9780671027346
  • 1,969

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A novel of surviving adolescence in a US high school, presented as a series of letters written by the protagonist, Charlie, to an anonymous recipient. Charlie does not entirely fit in but nor is he a total outsider. Sitting on the fringes he undergoes the standard teenage rites of passage; suicide, sexuality, first love, first kiss, first joint. The author does achieve a believable 15-year-old voice but this is just a nice kid with a few problems; as a subject, Generation X is desperately boring. This is a universe away from the psychotic intensity of Catcher in the Rye - read Salinger's classic instead for a better look at problem adolescence. (Kirkus UK)

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This book is for anyone. Read this when you are a teenager, like me and you will see how this book shows in painful clarity how it is to grow up and not understand.show more
by Jordan

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a boy named Charlie who is in his first year of high school. He experiences a lot of new things, he learns to cope with his feelings and problems, the loss of his favourite aunt and his friend, and meanwhile, still tries to have a social life. He is a very emotional, socially awkward character and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to him. The writing style is very simple, it's almost like he's just talking to you instead of writing. It's just an amazing book, A+, 5/5 stars, all that stuff. It's inspiring, thought-provoking, interesting, all of the positive adjectives you can think of. You will definitely like this book if you like John Green's books and It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.show more
by Lauren Hoeve

Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com

Charlie. Where to start with the character that every teen can relate to? He's not a character teens should look up to, respect, or idolize, because he makes the mistakes that every teen does. He is just proof that someone else really is going through the same thing. He really becomes more of a friend then anything. This book is written as a journal, but Charlie writes like he's talking to a real person. It's definitely a different way of writing, and it really works for this book. Charlie really is a wallflower. He looks at his life like he's watching through a window that he can't get on the other side of. Charlie experiences all of the things that normal teens are exposed to, and he handles each in a different way. Read THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, because Charlie makes you realize that everyone is going though the same types of ordeals. Love him, hate him, root for him, and cherish him. I know I always will. *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
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