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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Narrated by: Noah Galvin
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,204 ratings)

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Now with a brand new afterword to mark the 20th anniversary of a beloved cult classic! The number one New York Times best-selling 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 teens (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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You're Not Too Old To Read This

I picked this selection for a book club read, to determine if it was appropriate for middle/high school kids to read. I cannot wait for my 13 year old son to read (or listen) to this one. Personally, I connected so much with Charlie. I remember being in high school, just trying to find my place, trying to figure out where I fit in. I think this book is one that people of all ages can relate to, and enjoy. The narration was great, it brought forth the many emotions that Charlie endures through that year of high school. I did have to stop and remind myself that this was set in the early 90's because I kept finding myself taken aback by certain music/pop culture references, as I was still elementary age during the time this book was set. I kept going over to my amazon music to find songs mentioned in this book, and that helped me get a feel for these characters as well.

Overall, I think it was a great book, one that I had skipped over several times but very glad that I listened to in the end. Middle school aged kids and high school aged kids should definitely take the time to read this one. It gives some perspective to popularity, love, experimentation, and the trials that are high school and all it encompasses.

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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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DANGGGGG

i hate books with a passion but this a good book for kids in high school. it’s relatable asf

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Great Book & Good Reader

Great Book with a good reader who brings Charlie to life. A relatable main character who reminds us that we are human and have faults

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  • 11-21-19

Finally got around to it.

Although I have read a lot of literature and popular novels, I never got around to reading this when it was popular the first time. It's enjoyable and well-written and what a great piece of fiction for young people to get their hands on when they feel the weight of the world the way young people do. Uplifting and very personal.

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great narrator

one of the best-narrated books I have ever heard the story was excellent, 5 stars would recommend.

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the best

Still great after all these years with a surprise ending so be prepared to cry.

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Healing

Listening to this book healed my inner child. I do t think I can describe it any better than that. It brought me to tears which was quite unexpected. Great book. I wish I could thank the author.

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Loved it and never wanted it to end.

I loved this book because the content was so easy to relate to. It brings the listener to a time when we all were carefree and loved life in the moment. The person narrating the book was very interesting, and sounded like he was living the story. I really enjoyed the content and the author brought to life the parts of living that we sometimes don't want to think about. Very good and kept my attention to the end.

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  • Evie
  • 09-10-19

Always a favourite

I think this will always be a book that helps in the darkest times. The performance was pretty great too, made it more immersive