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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Paperback – 2 Feb 2009
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
'The Perks Of Being A Wallflower' is definitely worth a read, despite the somewhat bizarre conclusion, although I wouldn't recommend this for young people you are easily creeped-out! : )
This is a young person’s book, not one to agonise over, but rather to throw away or leave on the bus. It’s a simply written confession of an outsider learning to adjust to school, friends, family and the beast in the trousers. It is written in the form of a series of letters to an unnamed friend, each letter signed ‘Love always, Charlie.’ Charlie, the narrator, is one must say ‘a reliable narrator,’ telling the most mundane details of his encounters, his struggles to understand himself, his family and his party-loving pals, their compulsive habits, their changing moods and their love affairs. Charlie is the Wallflower, the non-participant, the outcast from life’s ephemeral feast of pleasures, although he is learning fast, already a keen pot smoker and drinker, a high school sophomore almost ready for sex.
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