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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Language English
Contributor(s) Stephen Chbosky
Binding Hardcover
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Overview: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. 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, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings: I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why. With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to
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Language English
Publication Date February 1, 1999
Publisher Turtleback
Contributor(s) Stephen Chbosky
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 10 0613237528
ISBN 13 9780613237529
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 18.2 cm x 12.9 cm x 1.8 cm
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  1.  Deserve More than 5 Stars 23 October, 2013 On
    Wallflower (noun)

    a shy or retiring person who remains unnoticed at social events, especially a woman without a dance partner

    I decided to read this book not because there was going to be a movie coming out soon.
    It one of the reasons but then again it wasn’t the main one.
    I wanted to read it because the word “wallflower” caught my attention.

    I was a wallflower.
    I was not one of those kids people notice immediately.
    I was one of those people who blends in very well that I was no longer noticeable.
    I was a “nobody”.
    I was one of those uncool kids back in high school that almost no one spoke to because I always kept to myself.
    I was insecure.
    I was scared that if I try to talk no one would listen.
    Actually I think I still am even though I am already working.
    I am still a “nobody” here.
    I have a couple of friends but it seems like no one really knows who I really am because I never let them find out who I really was.
    They know my name and a couple of unimportant things but I think that’s about it.
    They don’t really care about the things I like, the things that make me cry, the things that make me smile.
    I was just another person they knew by name but never really knew at all.

    Perks of Being a Wallflower has to be one of the books that I could relate to.
    It was very insightful and poignant that in most part of this book I felt like it was me writing those letters.

    Charlie (the main character) and I don’t have very much in common but still I found myself relating to his situation almost all throughout the book.
    I was not as introverted nor was I as smart as he was but there was something about how the author wrote him that you’ll start to see the world through his eyes.
    You’ll see how innocent and pure his outlook was in life.

    Charlie wasn’t normal and he knew it.
    He was struggling after the death of his favorite Aunt.
    He tried his best to “participate” but there is still this part of him that would be locked away from everyone else.
    Charlie was a freshman and he still has a lot of things to learn.
    Hanging out with Patrick and Sam (who were both seniors) exposed him to a lot of things he wasn’t used to (like smoking, drinking, making out those sort of stuff).
    His letters mirrors the experience or the things we went through during his first year in high school.

    As I was saying earlier I loved this book a lot because I related much with not only the character but with the whole story.
    We may not be like Charlie but the things he went through in high school were something almost everyone went through.
    I didn’t do drugs nor did I smoke a lot when I was in high school.
    But some kids were motivated in doing so by peer pressure but in Charlie’s case I think it was more of curiosity rather than peer pressure.
    This book showed us how a special kid like Charlie would cope with being in high school and overcoming the problems he would encounter as he goes along.

    Another thing I loved about this book was how it was written.
    Though it was written back in the 90’s when you read it, you’ll get this impression that it was just written recently in a 90’s setting.
    This book was transcend time.
    When you read it probably in the next 10 years you would still be able to relate to it.

    There were a lot of good quotations in this book but one really stood out for me:

    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.

    We are all different.
    We are also all the same.
    Most of us may not be as smart as Charlie or as popular as Brad (who I think was an a**hole) but all of us can still make a difference.
    We may be experiencing troubles right now but that could change based on the decisions or choices that we would make.

    I don’t think this is much of a review but more of a rant.
    Sorry my dear readers if this review disappointed you but I kind of like sharing my thoughts about a book that I really connected with.
    This book was one of them.

    I give this book 5 wonderful glittery stars!
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  2.  An okay indulgence! 27 December, 2013 On
    It is a good book, quick, entertaining read and if it is not a sad thing leaves a bad taste. I really liked the way this narrative and I found refreshing compared to my previous readings, at all predictable and somewhat shocking manner.
    The thing that stands out is the personality of the main character who reminded me of any other character, but primarily as the author was able to capture on paper what was going through his mind, so that made me want to respond cards with words of comfort and / or encouragement.
    But something-and I still do not realize is, that I can not give it 5 stars, maybe just be the very high expectations.
    Anyway I recommend it.
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