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Listen to the cult-favorite coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant wallflower Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A number one New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen listeners (or wallflowers of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

©2017 Stephen Chbosky (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Great book

I have read this book several times, it’s one of my favorites. I decided that it would be nice to listen instead, close my eyes and let it play for me. It was a great decision!
I thoroughly enjoyed his voice narrating the story and I felt as if he put the enthusiasm and sadness in just the right places. Very well performed in my opinion.

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Yet another teen book about sex

Would you try another book from Stephen Chbosky and/or Noah Galvin?

Probably not. This did not meet my expectations, and I really think this was a waste of time for me. I've had enough of the confusion in my teen.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, by George R R Martin.

What about Noah Galvin’s performance did you like?

Performance was okay, though I don't think this books is difficult to perform.

Did The Perks of Being a Wallflower inspire you to do anything?

Probably to see the movie, and figure out if it's better than the book.

Any additional comments?

While this book may be suitable for young adults, I fear mature audience will not find much in this book apart from inconstant teen thoughts of sex, and indie music choices from the 90s. While this brings some memories from my teen years, those ended long ago and I'm not sure that I miss those days. The book chooses to focus on insignificant things such as sex and teen romance, while neglecting far more interesting issues such as mental illness and depression. If you're over 16, don't bother.

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overated

I think this book was overrated. I didn't like it very much. I don't really recommend it.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful