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  • Jul 12, 2010
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 The Perks of Being a Wallflower is recommended to any and every teen. It a continually engaging fast read.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower is for boys and girls alike.  It's a tale of loneliness, romance, and youth culture. It's relatable.  It's hilarious.  It's tear-jerking. and It's jaw-dropping. It's even educational.  It's everything a novel should be.  Written as a a diary, the style of writing is simple, direct, and pure.

The way Chbosky portrays the main character Charlie, makes the life of a wallflower seem less paintful, and in fact more inviting.  Charlie himself is adorable and Chbosky does a wonderful job with his development.  The supporting characters are all just as considerable.  Nothing is more fascinating than the end of the novel, when already on the seat of your chair, your are provided the ultimate revelation, and all aspects of Charlie's life and character up to that point suddenly mean something different.  

Though undoubtedly entertaining, one of my favorite aspects of the book is how Chbosky incorporates music and literature education into the novel.  As he romanticizes the sound of The Smiths, he introduces and makes interesting many literary classics that teens would not necessarily ever pick up. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is well beyond most of its fellow works of the young adult persuasion. Most teen books today are superficial and distastefully saucy.  Chbosky's novel is noble, yet unsensored.  The novel is by no means dramatic make-believe, but instead rather accurate.  For a quick but sweet read, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is recommended to all readers. 

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review by . July 23, 2010
  This book is a must-read for teens and adults alike. Striking chords similar in tone to that of "The Catcher in the Rye", "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" follows an impressionable and socially awkward boy through life as he hopes to eventually know it. Throughout the text, Charlie falls in love, tries LSD, contemplates masturbation, deals with an epic family secret, and discusses life and dying. Charlie is our tour-guide through his life, which is full of problems …
review by . July 04, 2010
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review by . July 29, 2010
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Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Definitely up there as one of the best coming of age novels.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
great youth novel!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
This book was really fun! I liked to look at a guy like him and see who he was...it's so interesting. This is the kind of book you like to pretend isn't fiction.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Makes you think about what being a 'wallflower' means and makes you see how it really isn't a negative thing. I always considered myself to be a 'wallflower' and this made me come to see it as a good thing.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
hands down the best book I've ever read
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
This is a modern-day coming of age story that is similar to Catcher in the Rye. It's wonderful. This is a book I've read so many times. You don't wanna miss it!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
I haven't read it in years, but I would recommend this book to any teenager. I know it's a cliche for my generation, and in some ways it is overrated, but it's one of a handful of books that totally changed my life.
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ISBN-10: 0671027344 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780671027346 (pbk.)
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: MTV
Date Published: February 1999
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