Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives or to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and music—when all one requires to feel infinite is that perfect song on that perfect drive.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
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Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Charlie is a quirky, unsure teen who is befriended by a brother/sister duo. In love with Sam, or the mere idea of her, the novel is told in a series of letters to an unknown addressee about his experiences with the friends and a forced-upon girlfriend. The novel is intelligent, and Charlie opens his soul through the letters in a way he can't in his daily life. Chbosky presents a tale of insecurity and angst in a raw, emotional, and touching way. The end shows a transformed Charlie and ultimately reveals the recipient of the letters. Excellent read for teens and adults.
Best performance ever!
I can't even imagine reading this book or hearing it read by any other performer. Noah "owns" this book!
I don't write many reviews because I really don't think I'm a very good book reviewer. So many people write so much better than I do, and all I can do is second what they have to say. But I loved this book and the performance of the reader so much that I felt like I needed to write something. I have listened to many audible books and have enjoyed many of them, but this one is special. That's the best description I can give it really. It has a special place in my heart.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
This book was honest, fun and chilling all at once. I have seldom liked 'coming of age' titles for the mare fact that it is either too PG or just plain too twisted. This on the other hand was just plain right... It did not attempt to share some shocking deep life lesson nor did it attempt to hide behind a whole lot of useless fluff and annoying teen angst... It just felt real.
Stephen Chbosky's writing style allowed the reader/listener to really see Charlie's life just how he wishes it to be portrayed. It was a unique sort of writing style if you ask me and I can see how it can be a miss if done incorrectly, but when done right in the case of this book, it is utter genius! You find yourself reminiscing about your High School career, seeing the faces of your friends in your high school classes being represented here and unlike most other books that seem to force down the typical jock/cheerleader/nerd, this was done in such an effortless and real manner you can't help but falling into that mood of sheer nostalgia. The book was honest and actually was able to broach a rather disturbing topic but again because it was so time, done so effortless and so right I truly could not see the book done in any other way.
Perfection was found by choosing Noah Galvin to be the narrator. I could find very little titles that I could say was better narrated than this one.
I appreciated this book vastly for all the things that it did here and all the fundamental truths that it represented. It will strike a chord with almost anyone I believe; from the pitch perfect narration to the excellent storyline... all of this was just done really well.
I was unsure about this book initially. I wasn't convinced that I would connect with this book or the main character, but the longer I listened, the more I craved it. It reminded me how complicated high school life was for me and that it probably wasn't just me...being a teenager is tough stuff. The narrator was fantastic and in my mind...he was Charlie. Trying to explain this or put this book into words is almost impossible for me, other than to say, it was the best coming of age story that I have read or listened to. I didn't want it to end.
This story struck a cord in me. No matter what your experience was in high school everyone can relate to this story. Everyone has their own pain and their own joy but these emotions are especially heightened in High School and memories that will literally stay with us for a lifetime. This audio book conveyed those emotions perfectly & was very difficult to turn off. You simply fall in love with Charlie, the lead character. Difficult to listen to the end but well worth it. Bravo for Chbosky for putting it all out there. Amazing story with the perfect narrator in Noah Galvin. You won't regret buying this book. Just don't think it's another 'Breakfast Club' though. It runs much much deeper.
You've either been Charlie, or you knew him. This does take you back to the awkward teen years. Not only is Charlie awkward, he is mentally and emotionally fragile. The story has redeeming qualities, although it's not what I'd run out and recommend to everyone.
The narrator makes every second worth a listen. The scenes come alive under Noah's stellar performance. You never even realize that he is reading...he's just talking to you.
I believe the book might have been "over-hyped", and whenever that happens, my expectations are high. Dealing with my own teenager's angst, emotional health, substance use and the like, I related to the character a little too much. Therefore, the emotional rollercoaster of high school are relived and some of us would just rather not revisit that. It's up to you. It is a short listen and like some movies, you can get lost in the performance even if the movie is just so-so.
An extraordinary narration for an extraordinary story.
The obvious answer would have to be Sam, simply because I relate to her. However to answer honestly, I would say Charlie. His character was enthralling and endearing. Very well-developed. He is special and unique, and absolutely *Infinite*.
Charlie, of course. Sheer perfection.
We Are Infinite.
Every once in a while, a story will be told that will be life-changing and incredibly profound. This is one of those stories.Perks of Being a Wallflower is such a deeply affecting novel. It will haunt with you for weeks after reading it, and you will be compelled to reread it over and over again. The characters are well thought out, the story is intensely intimate, engrossing, and wondrous.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Let me start by saying: This book is an emotional roller coaster. Through letters written to an unknown friend (literally), soon to be High School Freshman, Charlie is able to express, vent, and share his feelings and thoughts.
Why do I think this book has the best narration of any other books that I have listened to before? It's simple, narrator, Noah Galvin, becomes Charlie. He managed to interpret Charlie's feelings with just the right change to his voice, with just the right amount of pause between words. What a talent he has.
The material presented in this novel is sometimes hard to take. And I wouldn't recommend it to every reader. Even though the character's are under 18, they experience some very Adult Situations. Even though I'm an adult, I found myself having a difficult time dealing with emotions presented to me in this book.
As a reader, I took a lot from this book. The music mentioned is phenomenal, the books Charlie's English teacher gives him to read, had me actually buying one or two of them, just to see what I was missing, and there is a poem that is so potent, it will be impossible to forget.
I don't think this could have happened if Noah Galvin wasn't the narrator. I really don't. Hopefully, he will narrate more books in the future.
Definitely! Absolutely loved this coming of age story. The writing was brilliant and the narrator was incredible. I found myself feeling as if I was actually in the story with Charlie, Sam and Patrick. I was actually sad for the story to end!
It was so relatable for so many teens these days! So many social issues were discussed from the perspective of a somewhat lost teen (suicide, drugs, sex, school....all of these were covered). And it gives hope for those that are lost or unpopular and feel like they are living for nothing.
Charlie, without a doubt!
There were so many moments that moved me. I found myelf laughing out loud one minute and wiping tears from my eyes the next. The writing was absolutley amazing!!!
As an adult and mother of two boys, I wasn't quite sure what I would think of this book or if I would even like it. All I can say is.....Wow! I am so glad I bought this and plan to have my boys read it when they are old enough. It was so inspirational on so many levels. I fell in love with the characters and was so shocked by the twist at the end. Charlie is every kid who is a little "different" and who others see as a "freak" or a "weirdo". And yet...he's not. He is just dealing with issues that nobody, including Charlie, understands. And he makes it through!! This story was amazing to me!
Entertaining, coming of age, nostalgia
the end, i wasn't expecting it to end in that way
He played the characters very well, made you feel like you were really listening to someone you knew.
When they were all in the car listening to the song that moved them into silence and happiness...i've had days like that
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