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
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.
Honest. Shocking. Insightful.
It's kind of like reading someones diary but in a different way.
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.
I really like Charlie. He's honest and innocent.
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.
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).
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.
Dry, Slow, Pubescent
Confusion, boredom, disappointment
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.
Falls behind The Time Traveler's Wife, but only just. Very high on my list.
No one character stands out.. they all bring something to the story.
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.
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.
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.
Being from Pittsburgh, the Ft. Pitt Tunnel scene was easy to visualize and made me smile.
Experience the life of a wallflower.
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...
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.
Charlie was quite entertaining. Was waiting to see what came next.
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.
Better than I expected....not just for young people...but for all to enjoy. Look foward to reading more from the author
The storyline of the friends an outcast makes.
Charlie, he is endearing.
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!
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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