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
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.
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.
I really enjoyed not being able to predict this story.
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".
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.
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.
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.
He seemed a little disaffected to me.
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.
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.
I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
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...
Yes. I loved it.
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
Life! He did an awesome job!
The truth about life
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
Though provoking, yet entertaining
Complete and meaningful ending
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.
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!
J. Jason Gale
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.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
The Narrator - awesome job.
The story of how Patrick got his name to be nothing...gotta love high school.
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.
The story is really about growing up and how one kid functioned amongst dysfunction. It makes me want to watch the movie.
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