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The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Chbosky, Stephen (Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
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Authors: Chbosky, Stephen
Title: The perks of being a wallflower
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, c1999
Characteristics: 213 p. ;,18 cm
ISBN: 0671027344
Statement of Responsibility: Stephen Chbosky
Genre/Form: Diary fiction
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Charlie is a freshman. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal ... Read More »

213 p. (Gr 9-12) Fifteen year old Charlie writes a series of letters detailing his thoughts and emotions after the suicide of his best friend.


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Aug 26, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I'm late to this party, so I won't say much except to confirm everyone else. This is good. Very good.

Jul 26, 2014
  • ashanthifrancis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The perks of being a wallflower by Steven Chbosky is narrated by fifteen year old Charlie, in a series of letters to someone addressed as “friend.” Right from the beginning of this novel, we learn that Charlie has not had a very pleasant life. Although the despair in his tone is not completely evident, we learn that he has issues with his mental health which may have been the result of two tragedies in his life and also incidents of domestic abuse. We also learn that Charlie is starting high school. He, like many, was nervous for the first day and found high school unlikable. The only enjoyable things about high school were the books he was given to read by his advanced English teacher. As Charlie ventures further into high school, he meets Sam and Patrick, two high school seniors who seem to understand Charlie in a way no one ever had before. They take him under their “wing” and send Charlie head first onto the roller coaster known as “adolescence.” Patrick even labels Charlie a “wallflower,” saying ““He's a wallflower. You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” This explains the meaning of this book’s title. This also touches on the fact that Charlie being a wallflower affected his mental health greatly. He spent his whole life on the sidelines observing many terrible things and listening to other peoples problems so much that it created problems of his own. Other than this book’s personal view of the effects of mental illness, Chbosky also writes about adolescent issues and experiences such as: sexuality, family problems, drugs, love, and acceptance. He has created a main character that may not always be likeable, but always is interesting and well spoken. Readers can sympathize with Charlie on his year long journey in The perks of being a wallflower, a book which changes your perspective of teenagers and of life itself. This haunting novel really puts meaning to Chbosky’s quote, “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.”

Jun 27, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books as a teenager, I feel this book captures the feeling of adolescence in a beautiful and emotionally raw way. It's never dry. It's loaded with pop culture references. It's not about pretty or perfect people. It's about the reality, sometimes, of being a teen in a topsy-turvy world. Told from the perspective of a loner teenage boy who starts to find some new friends in high school, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER doesn't shy away from the harsh topics but rather shows them through the eyes of a rather innocent adolescent who can't make heads nor tails of what's happening to him and around him. This point of view is non-judgmental, leaving you to have your own views and navigate through the story yourself. (And now the author of the book directed the film. Stephen Chbosky is truly talented and devoted to this story being told right.) Personally I loved every bit of it. I've recommended it to countless others and will continue to do so.

Jun 26, 2014
  • mchupik rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I thought that this book was not very good. I mean seriously I do not recomend it to anyone whom does not like weird books.

Jun 18, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is perfect for a teen struggling with emotional or psychological issues, and (despite the title) shows the reader how having good friends can change a person. This is truly an ideal bildungsroman, filled with literary allusions and realistic teen issues.

Jun 06, 2014
  • blue_crane_43 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I got this book as a gift for my birthday three years ago, and when I finally picked it up and read it I was blown away! Stephan Chobosky did a wonderful job on this book, and the movie wasn't bad either. I would recommend this book for all teens.

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.

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.

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.

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!)

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Jul 18, 2014
  • RegeniaS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

RegeniaS thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Jun 19, 2014
  • kiisu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

kiisu thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 18, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

emmilee thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 07, 2014
  • green_panda_47 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

green_panda_47 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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

summerlover499 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Nov 09, 2013
  • 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

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

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

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

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

Jun 23, 2013
  • violet_cheetah_741 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

violet_cheetah_741 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jun 22, 2013
  • maroon_bee_30 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

maroon_bee_30 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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!!!!!!!

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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Jun 18, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a rape scene.

Jun 18, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Teens get initimate fairly frequently.

Jun 18, 2014
  • emmilee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Teens get into fights multiple times.

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

Sexual Content: oral sex.

Feb 02, 2013
  • 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.

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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)

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

"In that moment we were infinite"

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

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

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. [...]

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.

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

Love always, Charlie

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

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.”

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

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

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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