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The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Paperback]

Stephen Chbosky
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14 Aug 2012
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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (14 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451696191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451696196
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 6.8 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,239 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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137 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Truly Touched Me -- what can I say? 26 Mar 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 27 May 2000
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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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 29 Jan 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love 21 Dec 2013
By Zo
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"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Tear to my eye 13 Sep 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 2 Jun 2014
By Lisa
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My daughter asked me to buy this and I was amazed at how fond she was of it. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a beautiful book that she insists is so relatable on so many levels. There are a number of twists and plot shocks that make the book hard to put down, however my daughter also assures me that anyone growing up should read this book as it outlines everything teenagers have to 'deal with' nowadays.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read 1 Jun 2014
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I decided to read this because I had watched the movie and boy am I glad I did. At first I found it difficult to get into, because usually I become addicted to books. I think maybe because I knew the storyline I wasn't as determined to finish it. Basically - this is a good book, and you should read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really great book lots of thought provoking moments. Brings out a lot of emotions. Would definitely recommend to others. Fab
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Great plot, great characters. I found it interesting that Charlie appears to be innocent but drinks and gets high and a bit of a scum bag. Perfect overall story
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