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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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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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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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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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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.

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Deeply Relatable

I finished this in a week's time, if that. I felt I could relate so well to this story and loved the beautiful narration. Such a deep book with so many hidden meanings. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a good read and keeps you thinking through each chapter.

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I loved it then, and I adore it now.

Galvin was perfect. The book is perfect. I thought maybe, after 15 years, my second Venture into the life of Charlie would hardly be comprable to the first. I'm happy to say that this is not that type of book. there are so many surprises that I understand why many people don't describe it. I think the best things in life seem to be the ones with too many surprises to describe, and maybe that's why no one warned you about them, or Praises them enough. this is definitely that type of book. you can't really make a movie out of it. it has to be a Journal. it has to be exactly what it is. I apologize for sounding pretentious, but this audiobook is really that good. then again, maybe it is truly because it's the last book I read. But I have a feeling this will be one of those special stories... The kind that I will inevitably read over and over again.

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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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