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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Steven Chbosky

  • Jul 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 brewing beneath the surface and above. He quickly becomes a clueless but interesting friend to the reader; readers will want to reach out and point Charlie in the right direction, and actually feel for him because they cannot help him after all.

Chbosky stresses the importance of making friends and socializing, learning things through trial-and-error, and that throughout trials and tribulations, one must never relinquish hope. These ideas are painted through the eyes of Charlie, a hilarious, brilliant, loner-of-a high school wallflower. The book reads very quickly and easily, and Charlie is so honest, aloof, and hysterical that it is hard to put the book down. In that sense, it makes for a great classroom read--but with that comes many caveats.

Because such sensitive matters such as suicide, depression, use of narcotics, adult language, and sexual content (such as masturbation and molestation) are prevalent throughout, readers must be of a mature mindset. If they are, they will have no choice but to learn from this book--and laugh a lot along the way.

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June 09, 2013
Thanks for sharing.
August 09, 2010
I've been really curious about this book, but now I'll make sure to get the next time I'm at the library. You have convinced me that it's a worthwhile read! :)
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review by . July 04, 2010
If you have ever known someone, or been someone, who says all the wrong things to all of the wrong people, but with all of the right feelings in your heart, than you can relate to this book.  You are a Charlie.  If you've ever known someone, or been someone, who longs to be noticed and maybe loved by the right person for the right reasons, but often find yourself on the wrong side of their affection, you are probably a Charlie.        I never really read any …
review by . July 12, 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
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.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
a haunting read, everyone, not just young adults, should read
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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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