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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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    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 05-26-13
    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 05-26-13
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    "Great Narration, Solid Story"

    It's hard not to like or relate to Charlie. He is a smart freshman that is, like most of us were, thrown into the overwhelming world of high school. Drugs, Sex, and Music. As with most smart kids he spends too much time in his head and not enough time living. Watching Charlie grown through this book is a treat. The only problem I have with this book is the ending, just not sure I liked it (It wasn't predictable like many of these types of books are, but it also was kind of just....eh). That aside, the narration is one of the best I've heard on audible. The narrator brings this book to life and helps you identify and feel for Charlie. It's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-24-13
    Michael Spanaway, WA, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping, Raw and Beautiful."
    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    This was a well written story about a young man and how much easier it is to pretend tragedy hasn't touch him rather than face the truth, although it is rarely the right thing to do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed not being able to predict this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Charlie, Patrick, and Sam are in the vehicle driving under the bridge...I remember that feeling as a teenager...being "infinite".


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would take Sam out to dinner since I have had many friends like her before and we would probably have a great time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wowziewoo Maryland 05-13-13
    wowziewoo Maryland 05-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't live up to the hype"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I considered abandoning the book about a third of the way through. I didn't see where it was going, and I didn't like the format (the narrator writes you letters). The story took a long time to get going.


    Would you recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. Even though it took place during the time I went to high school and referenced bands and songs that I loved - even though I really wanted to love this book about a quirky high school kid who doesn't fit in - I really struggled with it.

    I couldn't stand most of the characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He seemed a little disaffected to me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see the movie, when I was just over halfway through the audiobook. It made me dislike the characters even more, although it showed me that the story was going to start getting a little more interesting if I just hung in there.


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    Riley Bellevue, NE 05-08-13
    Riley Bellevue, NE 05-08-13

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    "Overly impressed"

    I started out by watching the movie. It was impressively done with stellar performances by the entire cast. So, of course, I knew I had to read or listen to the book. At first I didn't think I was going to like it, because the entire story is told to you by Charlie as he writes letters to "Dear Friend", which happens to be all of us who go on this journey. But I was greatly surprised that this method of writing made it more personal for me as if Charlie was writing the letters directly to me. It was a one-on-one with this boy who has seen and experienced all the wonderful, and bad, things about high school.

    I don't give out five stars very often, but this audiobook certainly deserved every one of them.

    By the way, Patrick is a hoot in the book and the movie.

    These characters reminded me of so many friends I've lost touch with since my school days. This book brought them all back, if only for a brief time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-06-13
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "As good as the movie!!"

    Great short story,if you've seen the movie then you need to read the book.This is a story that will take you back to high school then throw you for a loop at the end!! If I had to pick I would watch the movie!!! Watch it you can't go wrong...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen WOODSTOWN, NJ, United States 04-30-13
    Karen WOODSTOWN, NJ, United States 04-30-13
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    "I Loved It!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved it.


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

    I've never read one quite like this before. Audible recommended exlee but I did not fing these books to have anything in common except for the fact that the main characters were smart young boys


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

    Life! He did an awesome job!


    If you could rename The Perks of Being a Wallflower, what would you call it?

    The truth about life


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book so much I rented the movie. I am not generally a movie person. The movie was good but the book was awesome

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cust 04-27-13
    cust 04-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Story"
    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    Though provoking, yet entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Complete and meaningful ending


    What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

    At times, made it like normal conversation, which is the voice and tone of the book. The only problem I had was that he over pronounced the ends of words, and this became irritating at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah Post Edwards, WI, United States 04-25-13
    sarah Post Edwards, WI, United States 04-25-13
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    "Amazing!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I cried my eyes out! I loved this book and never wanted it to end! I loved every minute! It is a truely wonderful story that touched my heart!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 04-21-13
    J. Jason Modesto, CA, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2011

    J. Jason Gale

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    "IT WAS OKAY, I GUESS"

    The story was adequate, but it was told first-person by a freshman in high school. Therefore, it was written at a high school level. Early on I got tired of sentences ending with "I guess", but the author was just getting warmed up.

    Also, I kept asking myself why socially sophisticated and sexually active teens would suffer the company of a nerdy, cry baby virgin with psychotic episodes.

    I wish I could recommend this book, but alas, such is not the case.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kamakeeaina 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Can't hear you....I'm reading!!

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    "Function amongst Dysfunction"
    What made the experience of listening to The Perks of Being a Wallflower the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator - awesome job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    The story of how Patrick got his name to be nothing...gotta love high school.


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

    Noah is awesome. His voice was perfect for this book. I loved how he switched characters and how their voices changed, not drastic but you hear the difference.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is really about growing up and how one kid functioned amongst dysfunction. It makes me want to watch the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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