The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Perks of Being a Wallflower A powerful and perceptive coming-of-age story, in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, from a talented young filmmaker, screenwriter and novelist.
- Published: 02 February 2009
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847394071 ISBN 10: 1847394078
- Sales rank: 5
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Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie - if that's his real name - is a wallflower, someone who goes by unnoticied. He sends letter to "a friend" about his life and his new friends who show him a different kind of life - a happy one.
I did not know what you expect from this book and it was mind blowing! It's simple yet so beautifully written. The story is completely relatable and entertaining. Even though I missed a little more developing and connection betweens chapters, it is worth it.
Plus, it has a lot of tips on other good books to read ;) by Brunaunder review
A great book to read, really well written and very hard to take a break from it, since it keeps you chained to it. ;)
I highly recommend it to everyone ! by Metka KITELunder review
A truly inspiring novel
A wonderful and compelling novel. by Georgeunder review
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Kind of heartbreaking, in a lovely way.
Wallflower Charlie makes friends and starts growing up and falls in love. He experiments and finds out he's on his way to becoming a talented writer. The stuff of YA fiction and endless television shows about high school.
However, this town has issues. The undercurrents of drugs, sexual abuse, and violence come bubbling to the surface of Charlie's world, and he's already got problems to deal with, being a wallflower and all.
I really like the way Chbosky deals with these things; it's not a cautionary tale, but does seek to examine the causes and effects of drugs, violence, and sexuality on a kid who's just trying to keep it together.
If there is any problem with the story, it's that it seems to oversimplify these issues; if you are abused, then you will in turn abuse, and so on. Also the sheer abundance of problems in this family and in the town has the potential to seem a bit contrived, almost like Chbosky feels the need to address every issue he can.
The tale isn't all doom and gloom though; there are some beautiful passages between Charlie and his new friends, and Charlie is a beautifully drawn character. He's earnest and honest, and feels the way you did when you were coming of age too. by Lisette Muratoreunder review