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
Loved it, perfect companion to the movie. Rarely do you have the book author also direct and write the movie and this allowed the story to do well in all mediums. I do have to say some of the details were explained better in the book.
Say something about yourself!
No to the author, yes to the narrator
He didn't do anything wrong, I just did not connect with the story. He is a good writer and does a great job at making it sound like it was actually written by a 9th grade adolescent without giving that "forced" feeling that so many books have, and the narrator's voice captured that even more. I was just bored by the overall story.
Well, considering it already is a movie...
I may have enjoyed this more had I picked it up a few years ago. Unfortunately, so many books have been released that kind of have the same themes, that I feel like this market is saturated and I'm just bored with it all.
This book is amazing with a plot twist I could not have imagined...as good as the book was on it's own merit, it was made a hundred times better by the narrator. He was perfect and made this book really come to life. I give it 5 stars all around!!
This story did not only meet my expectations but zoomed right past them. I honestly don't think there could have been a better book for me to listen to and read(I decided to read it for myself as well) the minute I heard the first sentence I instantly fell in love with the book, the performance might I add was indeed perfect and untouchable on the scale of amazingness (made up word) it really could have lead me to believe that Charlie was reading the story of I didn't know any better. Such a great book experience that couldn't have been fulfilled without the performance. It inspired me to write a book myself called "rejects" I'm still working on it though.
Best of wishes,
#1fan of this book
Noah Galvin puts true character to the voice of Charlie. His slight variations differentiate characters seamlessly and comfortably. The book is wonderful and heightened by this performance.
The sentences of this story :
But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
Sam answered the phone. And it was so nice to hear her voice.
I have now read this book three times, and I still love it more than any book I've ever read. Every time you read it, it means something new. Every time you read it, you need it for different reasons. Simple, and explicitly blunt, the author's voice is brilliant, soothing, and full of philosophical insight that we all know... but somehow forget. This book's a keeper, and I know I'll read it over and over.
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