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Book #75 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

4 out of 5
Product Details
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: MTV (February 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0671027344
ISBN-13: 978-0671027346
Product Description
Standing on the fringes of life...
offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
About the Author
Stephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay Everything Divided as well as a participant in the Sundance Institute's filmmakers' lab for his current project, Fingernails and Smooth Skin. Chbosky lives in New York.
This is truly a heart felt book that most teens can relate to. Charlie is the most likable and human character I have met in a long time. I can see why some parents might try and ban this book since it is pretty straight forward in dealing with drugs, sexuality and mental health issues. Too much truth about teens is too much for a lot of adults to handle.


  1. I LOVE this book so much!!! Glad that you enjoyed it, even if you say it's a bit too much for adults hehe

  2. I have heard a lot about this book, not all good but maybe a controversial one is better.
    I am not a huge fan of contemp. fiction but maybe it's time to finally read this book. :-)

  3. I received a copy of this book not long ago. I haven't read it although it's one of those books I always meant to read so I am happy I finally will get the chance and I am so glad your review was positive, it's even more motivation to bumb it up my tbr list! Thanks.


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