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Publisher's Summary

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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without words...

I'm not a great book reviewer, but I felt that I should try as hard as I could to say something to describe how amazing this story is, but I am failing to find the right words. I found myself tearing up at different moments and laughing at others. A coming-of-age story like no other, I will be listening to this one again very soon.

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Eye Opening (and closing tight)

By describing the various personal conflicts and developments of being a teenager in high school, both sad and happy, this book does a wonderful job of portraying an eerily real life perspective of what that looks like and how to go about dealing with it, as well as how not to deal with it.

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Charlie is just trying to get through high school.

I hate books normally but this is a the only one I would actually think everyone needs to read at least once.

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Magnificent

The performance was incredibly and amazingly superb. The story is just a breath of fresh air, at least for me. And I cried.

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One of the best books ever

Friends have been telling me to read this book for years. As soon as I picked it up, I didn’t want to stoop listening. Every other sentence was a masterpiece. The characters are full and real. This is one of the most masterfully written stories I have read. It should stand alongside other masterpieces like The Book Thief and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. And I am so glad I have it on audio. I cannot imagine reading this story without Noah Galvin’s voice. Somehow, he manages to bring even more life to a character and a book that’s already full of life. An absolutely beautiful piece of literature that everyone should read.

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  • Jessica
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The most poignant part of the book is the epilogue

It felt unpolished. The epilog was the most emotional part. I would listen to this part again.

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one of my favorites

LOVED IT. Noahs performance along the story was the best book I've ever read. I plan on listening again.

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  • ND
  • 03-21-18

Loved this book so much!!!

I wasnt sure if I was going to like this book, it surprised me. I really like it.

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amazing

This is the best book I've ever had the pleasure of completing, I love it.

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As a high school student, this book speaks volumes

as a hogh scholl student this book speaks volumes to my heart and soul. this book strikes deep with me and I would be less of a person had I not read it.