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The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen (Paperback - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower


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A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.
Authors: Chbosky, Stephen
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Chbosky
Title: The perks of being a wallflower
Publisher: New York :, MTV Books :, Pocket Books,, c1999
Characteristics: 213 p. ;,18 cm.
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Report This Mar 31, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Charlie's family is mostly warm and supportive, but they also have their share of dysfunction. Chbosky does not shield the reader from emotionally wrenching details of Charlie’s early childhood. If you like books where bad things never happen to good people, this book is not for you. It's not a total downer, though. Charlie is a super charming character. He’s smart and funny and prone to see things other people don’t notice. I found myself rooting for him to find his place in the world. After many ups and downs, including psychological breakdowns, Charlie assures us that even though life is tough and things won’t always go his way, he’s fine, just fine. And so are we. Chbosky wrote and directed the movie version of his novel. I preferred the book, but that’s probably because I watched the movie on the same day I finished reading the book, so I kept thinking of all the things the movie left out. If you plan on watching the movie, I recommend either watching it before reading the book, or watching it several months after you finish reading the book.

Report This Mar 31, 2014
  • sabrinawong13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed The Perks of Being A Wallflower. This book covered teenage situations like parties with drugs, rape,alcohol and sex. The Perks of Being A Wallflower also covered the subject of isolating yourself, abusive relationships, friendships and suicide. Charlie the main character of this book has really been through a lot emotionally, not very steady but soon he meets Sam and Patrick both seniors and they support each other throughout the year. Most authors do not write books about these various situations, people like to avoid that these situations actually happen. This book really gives you knowledge about life and is an eyeopener. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is just a really sad book and you are probably going to cry half of the time reading this. Very emotional and mature book.

Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

As other posters mentioned before me, this is a book for mature audiences, not for minor children. The subject is not one that should be read by children. Nobody is asking this book to be banned from libraries--this is ALA propaganda! Parents only ask this kind of age-inappropriate literature to be moved--NOT banned!--to the Adult area of libraries, where adults can make the decision, not children.

Report This Mar 12, 2014
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The themes in this book are for adults (who are fully mature!), not for children. Some might think librarians and teachers should be the ones to decide what children read, but I firmly believe—and since I am the one responsible to raise MY child—that this book should never be available for children, unless parents allow them to read it. When it comes to controversial literature, the choice should be solely the parents'. (PS: This is a book, not a movie!)

Report This Mar 06, 2014
  • summerlover499 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book, it sweet it romantic, it cute, its sad and then sometimes you get mad at charlie,but just great format of the letters and I just loved it, it was truly beautiful

Report This Feb 22, 2014
  • SamuelNifty4117 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There was a treasure trove of information in this book. It was reported with a unique and interesting style while being authentic and original. The character goes on an important journey and sets himself up for a rich life. An important read for kids both young and old.

Report This Jan 06, 2014
  • AA4503 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

OMG! This is one of the best books I have ever read....The style of writing, is so witty, fluid, that truly captures the perils of discovering who you are. Charlie's character captures those awkward feelings, those perfect moments, and makes him so easy to relate to with my own experiences. That feeling of being infinite, of trying to remember the best days, of keeping the current present, of learning to let go, adjusting to awkward relationships, and learning how to find your voice. This is definitely a book I will reread,...WOOWZZERS!!!!

Report This Dec 15, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Chbosky does a great job of capturing teenage angst: with one foot in childhood and one in adulthood, teens need to create their own world with their own conventions, secrets and relationships. The Sam and Patrick circle is both typical and unique: welcoming, secretive with its boundaries and wisdom, pulsating emotions and complicated dynamics. To the author's great credit, this recreation is never common nor stereotypical despite its familiarity. Charlie's deep secret is dealt with tremendous tact and subtly - making it an ever deeper shock than it would have been had it been spelled out. I couldn't help but wonder: how will he recover and how can the family heal? That is the beauty of a good book, however, it can take on a life of its own even once it's done!

Report This Dec 08, 2013
  • hmark33 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It felt contrived. Definitely not Eleanor & Park, Searching for Alaska, or The Fault in Our Stars, which transcends age. This is young adult fiction and meant to be.

Report This Dec 07, 2013
  • jorbenton rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

For me this book wasn't worth all the hype. That being said, I did enjoy the very different perspective of Charlie. Overall it was a good quick read.

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Report This Mar 06, 2014
  • summerlover499 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

summerlover499 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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  • violet_wolf_300 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_wolf_300 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Elizabeth Neilson thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

BookWormChelly thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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  • violet_cheetah_741 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_cheetah_741 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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  • maroon_bee_30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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  • sarahzaidi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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  • samedina98 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

samedina98 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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  • knives94 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Aug 02, 2013
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written in the format of a diary we are guided through Charlie's freshman year of high school. Where he experiences his first love and first taste of partying and his mission of finding him self.

Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • destiny1218 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a wonderful coming of age book that tells the tale of a young boy experiencing high school and finding himself along with a few new friends.

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young man named Charlie who is writing his life through letters to an anonymous person of his high school experience.

Report This Jun 11, 2013
  • knives94 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a teenage freshman tells us his first year of high school through letters

Report This Oct 23, 2012
  • Ms_Silva rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After learning of the suicide of another student, "Charlie" writes letters to ??? and tells us about his life as a lonely HS freshman. Sadness, loss and past mental health issues. He makes friends, learns about smoking cigarettes, spliffs, and LSD. Drinks and eats fast food. He experiments with girls and experiences kissing one boy and always loves Sam(antha), his good friend. He reads awesome books and tells us about them and has ups and downs with friends.

Report This Jul 06, 2012
  • Saulia rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Charlie, the main character, writes letters to an unnamed person, and this is how his story is told. It talks about how he had trouble fitting in, until he met Sam - whom he fell in love with, and Patrick. These two become his best friends, and also his English teacher provides him with a list of books to read, making him feel more accepted.

Report This Jun 07, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this talks bout how a boy named chrlie is introduced of the world of drugs and luv and goes with his friends for help!!!!!!!

Report This May 08, 2010
  • uhfrank rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A young boy confides in you as a reader anonymously sharing his life through a series of letters. He is trying to find his place in the world.

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Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: oral sex.

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  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Oral sex among teens!

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The ending is really intense and some parts in between.

Sexual Content: Quite a bit of this. They talk about it and a tiny bit of Charlie experiencing it (but because he is writing a letter, it isn't in extreme detail or anything).

Violence: One scene where they get in a fight at school.

Coarse Language: They are in high school, so there is ALOT of swearing.

Report This Apr 06, 2012
  • Cool_LIKE_umee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: Drug use

Report This Sep 24, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: "... she grabbed his p**** with her hands and started moving it.... the boy pushed the girl's head down, and she started to kiss his p****.... she stopped crying because he put his p**** in her mouth...."

Report This Sep 24, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Report This Nov 19, 2013
  • thisgrrlreads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Dear friend, I do not like high school. The cafeteria is called the ‘Nutrition Center,’ which is strange.” (page 6)

Report This Aug 09, 2013
  • Elizabeth Neilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"In that moment we were infinite"

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  • AngelFire101 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

Report This Jul 14, 2013
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

[…] she grabbed his penis with her hands and started moving it. […] the boy pushed the girl's head down, and she started to kiss his penis. [...] she stopped crying because he put his penis in her mouth. [...]

Report This Jul 14, 2013
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

And Patrick made this fake coupon advertising a free “bl*w job” for anyone who buys a Smiley cookie at the Big Boy.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Love always, Charlie

Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • destiny1218 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"That's why on the back of a brown paper bag he tried another poem And he called it "Absolutely Nothing" Because that's what it was really all about And he gave himself an A and a slash on each damned wrist And he hung it on the bathroom door because this time he didn't think he could reach the kitchen."- Charlie, The Poem

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.”

Report This Jul 08, 2013
  • BookWormChelly rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I Don’t Know If You’ve Ever Felt Like That. That You Wanted To Sleep For A Thousand Years. Or Just Not Exist. Or Just Not Be Aware That You Do Exist. Or Something Like That.

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