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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MTV Books (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671001957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671001957
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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stephen chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. He helped edit and contributed material to John Leguizamo's Broadway show, sexaholix. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Rent. He also co-created and served as executive producer of the post-apocalyptic drama, Jericho, which found a place in television history when its cancellation prompted fans to send over 40,000 pounds of nuts to the network in protest. the perks of being a wallflower is his first novel. As well as being an author, Steven Chbosky is a film director and screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. MTV Books did a great thing by having the 'Write Stuff' Competition, or else we wouldn't have had access to this collection. It contains 15 short stories by young, talented authors from all over the U.S. I never thought a story could be beautiful, until I read this book. I love the story Polaroid, about people in Paris on a rainy day. All of these stories have something in common. They all tell that what the eye sees is not always the truth. That behind every person there is a truth, known only to themselves. It might be good, or bad. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different, capturing, and fresh.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
an amazing collection of stories 9 Aug. 2001
By Stephen S. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection of short stories left me wanting more from many of the authors included, many of which are working on novels. I was first led to this book by the editer, Stephen Chbosky, whose novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as become a personal favorite, one I've already read twice.
The stories included are all refreshing and range greatly in style and subject matter. I was amazed by so many of them and was stunned by the authors interesting, hip and refreshing take on telling a story. I don't normally read short stories, but I really liked reading them because so many of them are very short, 10 pages or less and you can read them quickly and be done with those characters. Also if there is one you don't care much for it's not very long and you can move on to another more interesting story.
Some of my favorite stories were, "Polariod," which gets you into the mind of crowd all standing around the Eiffel Tower. The way the story is told is awesome and leaves you satisfied. "The Carnival" was another favorite, it's amazing use of metaphor will leave you breathless.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in finding new, fresh, authors who aren't afraid of shocking you.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Pieces 7 Dec. 2003
By Laura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Pieces isnt a bad book at all! I had some low expectations for it due to some of the other reviews, but all in all I was pleasantly surprised with most parts of the book. It isnt very reminiscient of "Perks of Being a Wallflower" if you're expecting that.
Overall, I give it a B, some of the stories were horrible (Mother, White Carousel Horse) and then, some were marvelous,(Roam, Forbidden Fate). Others were mediocre.
Dont listen to the people saying this book is "too much to take" because I am 16 and a high school junior. I found it to be a good read that kept me interested and entertained.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Shockingly believable 14 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The thing that I most enjoyed about this book was that I could actually relate to the stories. Stephen is not only a wonderful writer, but a spectacular editor as well. He did a great job bringing this book together and making it into what it is today.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Worth Picking Up! 8 Sept. 2004
By Blanchard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is totally enjoyable. MTV Books did a great thing by having the 'Write Stuff' Competition, or else we wouldn't have had access to this collection. It contains 15 short stories by young, talented authors from all over the U.S. I never thought much about short stories (usually reading novels), until I picked up this book. I love the story "Polaroid," about people in Paris on a rainy day. All of these stories have something in common. They all tell that what the eye sees is not always the truth. That behind every person there is a truth, known only to themselves. It might be good, or bad. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something different, capturing, and fresh. A good buy. Along with Pieces, I recommend The Losers Club by Richard Perez and WILL@epicqwest by Tom Grimes -- two very cool Amazon quick-picks I'm very happy with.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
a grade chart for these stories 17 Jun. 2003
By jasper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
when i read a collection of short stories, i like to pretend that i am the teacher in a creative writing class and give the stories and their authors a grade. this helps me decide which authors i am going to pursue further (i use collections to find new authors). i decided to publish my grades on this collection after seeing other assesments here that were grossly out of line with mine. and my grades are.....
scoring - B minus
polaroid - C
day of the dead - B
the white carousel horse - F
first snow - B
the carnival - F
petty theft - C minus
next time - B
black cowboy - A
pinball - C
mother - F
respiration - C minus
a fortune - D
forbidden state - C minus
notice the nice distribution all averaging to a C. by the way, any editors or english departments that read these and decide to do the same and come up with the exact same grades as i, and realizing my undiscovered genius wish to employ me, i am available.
to those authors who got bad grades, its just one man's very subjective opinion. you should be chuffed that you got published and dont give up. to carmen elena mitchell, i am awaiting more with great anticipation.
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