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The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Library Binding]

Stephen Chbosky
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Book Description

Oct 2007
Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-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. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. 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. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. The Perks of Being a Wallflower film will be released in cinemas 3rd October 2012.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Library Binding: 213 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435213572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435213579
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,046 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 many 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 the devastating fact of 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 recognises his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like ivy. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realisation about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie checks out for awhile. But he makes it back to reality 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 the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16. Perks of Being a Wallflower: 'Emma Watson reinvents herself as Sam, a preppie American wild-child in Stephen Chbosky s film adaptation of his own coming-of-age bestseller. Ezra We Need To Talk About Kevin Miller plays Sam s gay step-brother and looks almost as pretty' - Evening Standard

'A coming of age tale in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace ... often inspirational and always beautifully written' - USA Today

'A rather lovely book' --- Look Magazine 1/10/12 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Truly Touched Me -- what can I say? 26 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In this day and age when people are so cynical and cruel, it was a pleasure to read a book from the point of view of a genuinely nice person. Charlie is a "wallflower," meaning he stands back timidly watching others live life, afraid to participate. In the course of the novel, we watch Charlie grow: make friends, go to parties, participate, even fall in love -- in other words, come out of his shell. And by the end we discover why Charlie is unable to participate in life until now; we come to understand the source of his pain. I truly loved this book; and I don't care if other people put it down! The chapters are written in letter format, and the writing is smooth and unpretentious. This is definitely the best book I've read since THE LOSERS CLUB by Richard Perez. And I discovered both books on Amazon. Anyway, if you like genuinely beautiful people, I'm sure you'll love the protagonist of this novel. You may even shed a tear for Charlie...bottom line: you'll be moved!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 27 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
this book is my favourite book of all time. it touched me right to the soul because i related to it on so many levels. i would recommend this book to anyone to who is deep, who doesn't all think life is peachy and who is searching for something. i find sanctuary in this book every time i read it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
THIS BOOK. I read it a couple of months back in preparation for the film (admittedly because I knew Emma Watson was going to be in the film) with no real idea of the story or anything, just a few good reviews and a pretty cover. But when I read it I was blown away. The depth of the characters, especially Charlie are amazing and he's so quirky and different. The story is so interesting too, with no boring bits at all, even though it might just be seen as another one of those books about a teenage kid at high school... it's really not. Before I read the book I never understood how people could say "This book changed my life" but it really has, it's given me a whole new perspective on things, a new love for poetry (the suicide not poem is absolutely stunning) and a new music playlist too (One Winter).
I actually read this all in one night because I didn't want to wait and have to put it down.
I'm even re-reading it, am I'm never one to re-read a book because I find it so boring, but I can't say it is because I keep finding new things in it that I couldn't see before.
If you're only on the fence about reading this book please please just do it, I promise you won't regret it.
Thank you Charlie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 29 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A beautiful book that you must read before watching the film, different from any book I've read before, absolutely beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love 21 Dec 2013
By Zo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
"We accept the love we think we deserve".

Great book, great writing, great message. Came on time in excellent condition. Happy customer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tear to my eye 13 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Start of the book was a little confusing. However when you get in to it it's such a good read and even brought a tear to my eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a Wallflower. 30 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I think this is my book. You know people have their songs, that they can really relate to? Or a specific song that reflects a period of time in your life. That song that will flip the switch on your memories as you watch them all flood back. Well, this is my book. It's a book I can relate to in many ways and I think I read it at the perfect time. It has immediately become one of my favourite books. And because I borrowed it from the library, I went and bought myself a copy straight away. I want this book on my shelf for years to come. It's the only book I want to give to friends and family to show them that this book is me right at this moment in time.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower contains many themes and topics, such as drugs, sex, alcohol, abuse, sexuality and even more so life as a teenager with issues. Each topic is dealt with in ways that make them so real. The thing I loved about Charlie is that he didn't exaggerate, he told things how they were and this is what makes them so real. It shows the blunt pain and effects these can have. We see him and his friends struggle with teenage life. Each friend is dealing with different problems and that's just like the real world. You may not know but each person has gone through some sort of trouble or emotional strain and pain and this shows how common these themes and topics are.

The book follows Charlie as he journeys into the mysterious place of high school. He's a wallflower, he's shy but he observes. He's clever and very thoughtful sometimes too thoughtful. He gets to the point and doesn't over exaggerate. I loved him right from the start. He's an innocent that is introduced to many things that change him. These things are a good change to him, they introduce him to friends that he will learn to rely on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of It's kind. 30 Aug 2012
By Sophie
Format:Paperback
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't sure about it. I found it hard trying to connect with the character Charlie. He puzzled me a bit, as I wasn't sure what he was so sensitive and emotional about.
At a later date I continued reading this book out of boredom, and literally couldn't put it down. I ended up finishing it in a day, and when I got to the end is when I realized what the cause of Charlie's emotions was, and it was truly shocking.
Mid-way through the book I managed to familiarize myself with Charlie and his experiences. I feel as though any teenager who reads this book will find themselves being able to relate to something mentioned.
The characters were well written, and each went through a different difficult situation, covering some dark topics, and showing the consequences of what follow.
The book gives each reader a more personal feel, due to it being written in a letter style, much like 'The Catcher In The Rye', and it starts to feel as though Charlie is writing the letters to you, due to it not being specified in the book who they have been sent to.
The songs mentioned within the book fit to various situations really well, it's almost as though you can visualize them playing in various situations that Charlie mentions.
Overall I think the book handles the feeling of isolation extremely well, and it's beautifully written. You can't help but feel happy for Charlie when he makes friends with Sam and Patrick. It's like you're going through the up's and down's of friendship along with him. But taking into consideration the other characters emotions after becoming familiar with them through Charlie's point of view.
I give it a 5/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
I really enjoyed Chbosky's style of writing. I felt like I could identify with Charlie's situation and looked back on my own teenage years with nostalgia because of this. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Jenni Alderson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books of all time
I’m not one to follow the crowd but I did jump on the bandwagon with this book and as much as I didn’t want to like it after all the hype about it, there was something about the... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Jennyinneverland
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
A very touching book. It's interesting as it's written in the form of a diary and that's what kept me reading
Published 1 day ago by Abbi G
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I loved that this book was not at all like anything I've read before and it was completely unpredictable but so honest and it didn't over or under exaggerate Chalie's feelings. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Linda Bone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and film
My 12yr old girl is reading it and loves it. Before this she loved reading the Cherub series. I saw the film and thought it was brilliant. She says the book is better.
Published 5 days ago by Kate Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow:)
My new fave book! Fab! So interesting and mysterious so you try to figure out what is going on in Charlie's mind! Really really good and lovely written xx
Published 6 days ago by SOPHYLAUREN
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Good book but there was no real ending to it. It kinda of just kept going on until the end...
Published 8 days ago by MR I Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
What can I say, arrived in the time estimated, no damage at all. As a book it's great. Would be acceptable to both teens and adults. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book
I love this book so much. It's almost so personal and precious I'd rather want to keep it hidden from everyone. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Skye Derrington
4.0 out of 5 stars The perks of being a wallflower
Lovely book, very easy to read and fall in love with Charlie. Much better then the movie. Worth the read
Published 11 days ago by kceejay
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