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.
©1999 Stephen Chbosky (P)2012 Recorded Books
this book is so much better than the film.. even if the film is great...
you have to hear it, you feel like he is telling you his story standing right in front of you.
Yes just to see how different the story lines would be from this book
This story had a lot of sad moments which I was not expecting.
I enjoyed each character not sure if I could pick just one.
Obviously this already happened and the stars are already on the cover which is how I pictured them throughout the story line.
I have never read the actual book,I hope its as good as this narration of the book.
I love Charlie his observations were so spot on.
He did a really great job bringing Charlie and this book to life. Listening to this book was not listening to someone reading a book. He brought the book and its characters to life.
Noah does such a great job narrating this book that you think you are listening to a movie.
Very compelling story. It was realistic but so insightful. I really liked the narration because it brought out the nuances of the characters. It will be one of the most memorable books I have heard.
Every character is filtered through Charlie, using minimal dialogue but some key phrases that are evocative of human development--that is, it's in understanding the multiple meanings behind a turn of phrase that we grow up and become less naive about things. However, because this is the way phrases are used, as devices to say something about adolescence in a white liberal American suburb, they do little to flesh out the characters.
IT WAS EXCELLENT! He is really good at imitating the voices of the different characters in dialogues. He brings out the sense of tone, mood, and setting by taking full advantage of the author's pauses and ironic gestures in addition to character voices.
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