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The Perks of Being a Wallflower | [Stephen Chbosky]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Mandy San Antonio, Texas 04-01-13
    Mandy San Antonio, Texas 04-01-13 Member Since 2011

    The things I know for sure I am are: Christian, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, American, Patriot, Friend, Teacher, Student, Seeker, and Thinker. I am far from perfect but I do try to be kind, honest, honorable, trusting and trustworthy. Lover of sunshine, books, southern food, vacations in national parks, singing in my car, cookie dough and icing, and cucumber margaritas.

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    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    If you could sum up The Perks of Being a Wallflower in three words, what would they be?

    Honest. Shocking. Insightful.


    What other book might you compare The Perks of Being a Wallflower to and why?

    It's kind of like reading someones diary but in a different way.


    What does Noah Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It reminded me that this is a teenage boy writing the letters. His voice lent an innocence to the letters that I may not have had if I had read it myself.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and why?

    I really like Charlie. He's honest and innocent.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a 38 year old mom of two teenagers, a boy and a girl. Sometimes I read teen lit so I can be reminded of how teen minds really work. This book was a little shocking but probably not too far off the mark for many teens.I found it interesting that this book takes place in the early 90s. That's when I was in school. Some of the things mentioned in the book seem a bit more like today.

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    Nichole Owens Inland Empire, CA USA 03-31-13
    Nichole Owens Inland Empire, CA USA 03-31-13

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    "Bland & slow, twist ending was a little too late"
    What would have made The Perks of Being a Wallflower better?

    I was very bored by the story, the way he described conversations, and more importantly I was very upset by, what I felt was, inconsistency in the main character - mainly from what I perceived of Charlie through his words and actions and the way his teacher vocalized his perceptions of Charlie (they do not match at all).


    Has The Perks of Being a Wallflower turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No because I have a feeling this could have been a better story if it was written better, less drawn out and if the climax was reached sooner so that more could be told about the events that follow.


    What three words best describe Noah Galvin’s voice?

    Dry, Slow, Pubescent


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion, boredom, disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I got this book on credit because I would have been very disappointed if I'd paid for it. I'm curious to know what the movie turned out like - hoping it was able to fix the problems I felt were in the book, to their best ability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Summerville, SC, United States 03-22-13
    Tammy Summerville, SC, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Defies categorization, but well worth a listen!"
    Where does The Perks of Being a Wallflower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Falls behind The Time Traveler's Wife, but only just. Very high on my list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one character stands out.. they all bring something to the story.


    What does Noah Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is NOBODY else who could have done this audiobook. Noah sounded exactly like a high school freshman. He captured the angst, the frustration, the joy, and everything else that the protagonist, Charlie, expressed.


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    Morgan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-22-13
    Morgan Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    I thought the story was well written and complex. I kept trying to figure out where the story was going and predict the ending, but you can't really do that with this story. You just have to listen and accept and take it in. It really made me think about my own life and I think everyone can take away something from the story. The narration was great too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie, you just had to root for him the entire time. The audience goes on a roller coaster ride with his emotions. Charlies sister was a close second. You could really tell the family dynamics, and I admired her support of her brother even with her own problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being from Pittsburgh, the Ft. Pitt Tunnel scene was easy to visualize and made me smile.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Experience the life of a wallflower.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negativity is that I really disagreed with the underage drinking and drug use. It didn't change my opinion of the story, but I really wish he would've stopped smoking...

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    elaine pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-18-13
    elaine pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A coming of age tale."
    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    You keep wanting to continue after each chapter to see how the characters evolve. From Charlie, Sam, Charlies Sister, to his parents. The book deals with young people coming of age with the realities of the world. Topics from drug use to today relationships are examined. Was worth reading the movie didn't touch this book.


    Which character – as performed by Noah Galvin – was your favorite?

    Charlie was quite entertaining. Was waiting to see what came next.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend reading this book especially if you have young children. Reminds you of the challenges that young children coming of age face today. Made you think of how you reacted in situations that you faced at that age.

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    Robert New Paltz, NY, United States 03-18-13
    Robert New Paltz, NY, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great listen"

    Better than I expected....not just for young people...but for all to enjoy. Look foward to reading more from the author

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    Nate W. St. Louis, MO. USA 03-17-13
    Nate W. St. Louis, MO. USA 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but the movie is actually better."

    One of the few examples I can think of where the movie is better than the book.

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    Darla 03-13-13
    Darla 03-13-13
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    "Not Catcher In The Rye"

    I got about mid-way through the book and I, a mild-mannered former high-school introvert, wanted to give this guy a swirly. What a drip!

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    M. Barbera 02-26-13
    M. Barbera 02-26-13
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    "Entertaining, but relatable"
    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    The storyline of the friends an outcast makes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie, he is endearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The parties.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was very emotional at the end. You didn't want to see this young boy go through everything that he did. You wanted to help him!


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    Two Rabbits New York, NY USA 02-26-13
    Two Rabbits New York, NY USA 02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good performance, decent book"

    I largely enjoyed the book, mostly because I liked the main character's voice -- his way of seeing and describing things. My main issue with the book is that it started to seem like a checklist of everything that can go wrong in adolescence. But for the most part, it was a pleasant ride, and the narrator was very good. By the way, I strongly discourage you from renting the movie after reading the book. It feels very thin by comparison.

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