The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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Baker & Taylor
Charlie struggles to cope in the complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.

Baker
& Taylor

In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt. Original.

Simon and Schuster
Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9781439122433
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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HelenaBeat
May 18, 2019

Having read this in one sitting, I was in “In School Suspension”, it made quite the impact on me. This book was given to me as an alternative to read for the class project. Having heard it’s name before I accepted and went on to reading.
To start this off, this book most certainly does what it had intended to. It introduced and discussed topics to teens about teens, things that many people attempted to hide from. Things as such were, Abuse, Drugs, Sexuality, Abortion, Suicide, the list went on. It was shocking really, going on and seeing how books like this really existed. I wasn’t bothered, I was glad really, the world was making in effort to at least show these things.

For an actual critique on the story in how it’s told, I’d say it’s done very well actually. Instead of the usual chapters format it uses letters and parts. Each letter is titled to be sent to Charlie’s friend, and if you paid any attention to the start of the book you’d know that Charlie actually has no idea who that “friend” is. He just heard they could be trusted, and so he does just that. Throughout the story Charlie is describing his experiences in high school for once, giving the stories of other’s that came to him since it was easier than finding the story of himself. In a way it hurt, to see how it viewed it all. Not that it was bad, or crude. It was a description that I’m sure many people going through trying to find themselves would understand. They don’t significant, they feel like they’re in the back.

I swear we were infinite.

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Linyarai
Feb 10, 2019

I read this in one sitting. I can't believe it took me this long to finally read it, but I loved it and devoured every page. I did find I was left with a lot of questions though.

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HCombs73
Jan 28, 2019

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Carolwagers
Dec 28, 2018

Delightful book. Charlie is quite an interesting young man who is trying to navigate life it is High School. It was not stated, but it seems as if he was possibly Autistic or, or Asperger's. He blamed himself for the death of his beloved Aunt. For my bloodhound o n 1/4/2019.

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green_cheetah_3270
Oct 16, 2018

I just love this book. It's insane how much emotion and love and feeling can be smashed into one small book. It's an amazing book and I would highly recommend it!!!I hope it is as much as an emotional rollercoaster for you as it was for me!!! (:

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shangz
Jul 14, 2018

July 14, 2018

After watching the film adaptation, I had to read this.
I felt like the film polished the story and expressed it well, but the book was genius. Even though the story had some unnecessary parts, it expressed Charlie’s voice in a way the film never could.

Love,
Charlie

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Vista05
Jul 03, 2018

This book was written really well and I loved the plot of it. I think Charlie was a really interesting character. I would recommend it to very few people though, I don't think my friends would like it.

liljables May 15, 2018

I read this book for the first time fifteen years ago, and now I have the pleasure of reading it again with the Teen Book Club here at Whistler Public Library. I can't wait for our discussion, and I'm happy that it held up on re-reading!

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This is just too good to miss. It captures so much about what it costs and how brave it is to reach out and connect to others, to another. So well written with both a brutal and yet gentle touch.

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KyHen
Dec 05, 2017

The Breakfast Club meets Sixteen Candles meets Stand by Me meets St. Elmo's Fire meets....

(It's your basic run-of-the-mill coming of age teen genre (yes, I realize only one of the above is an actual printed story) written in the form of letters from Charlie (the main character) to an anonymous recipient. It's really not THAT BAD, and it is much better than the movie)

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HelenaBeat
May 18, 2019

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Emmapaw257
Jul 25, 2017

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Apr 19, 2017

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fadisi
Feb 27, 2017

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Jun 28, 2016

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Bookcat18
Jun 06, 2016

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Bookwormie95 Jun 09, 2018

"'I feel infinite.'
"And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great.... Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way. I have since bought the record, and I would tell you what it was, but truthfully, it's not the same unless you're driving to your first party, and you're sitting in the middle seat of a pickup with two nice people when it starts to rain."

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Emmapaw257
Jul 25, 2017

"Even if we don't have the power to choose where we came from, we can still choose where we go from there."

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hmhill613
Aug 18, 2015

"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

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hmhill613
Aug 18, 2015

"She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time."

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hmhill613
Aug 18, 2015

"I just want you to know that you're very special... and the only reason I'm telling you is that I don't know if anyone else ever has."

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

So, if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough.
And I will believe the same about you.
Charlie (pg.213)

thisgrrlreads Nov 19, 2013

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

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Elizabeth Neilson
Aug 09, 2013

"In that moment we were infinite"

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AngelFire101
Aug 02, 2013

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

DebAK Jul 14, 2013

[…] 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. [...]

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Other: Drugs.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Masturbation and sensual touching.

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Emmapaw257
Jul 25, 2017

Sexual Content: There is reference and mention of sexual acts as well as sexual abuse though none of it is graphic, it is all implicit.

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Emmapaw257
Jul 25, 2017

Violence: Characters are said to be/have been in abusive relationships as well as getting in fights.

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emmilee
Jun 18, 2014

Sexual Content: Teens get initimate fairly frequently.

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emmilee
Jun 18, 2014

Violence: Teens get into fights multiple times.

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emmilee
Jun 18, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a rape scene.

BookWormChelly Jul 08, 2013

Sexual Content: oral sex.

ecrl Feb 02, 2013

Sexual Content: Oral sex among teens!

bookgeek101 Dec 26, 2012

Other: Patrick is gay.

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janellejordan Jul 12, 2015

goes on a journey to show how childhood can really effect a person and how friends can get someone out of any situation.

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

Charlie has just lost his best friend and is now starting high school with no friends. Enter Sam and Patrick as they integrate Charlie into their friend group and take him on wild adventures. Follow Charlie as he starts to heal and have the best experiences of his life while still figuring out how he feels

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AngelFire101
Aug 02, 2013

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.

destiny1218 Jul 09, 2013

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.

BookWormChelly Jul 08, 2013

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

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knives94
Jun 11, 2013

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

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Books2Ubooktalker
Oct 23, 2012

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.

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

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.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

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

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uhfrank
Apr 20, 2010

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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