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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Paperback – August 14, 2012
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I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I really appreciate that this book does not overhype any part of life. It is not trying to sell you anything and that is so refreshing.
The story is set up as a character named charlie writing letters to a more mature person he has never met, a person who "listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people just because you could have." Someone describes charlie as being a "wallflower" --a person who observes things and doesn't participate. He tries and begins to participate a bit more often. He finds a group of friends that is something like the 90's equivalent of the modern "hipster" crowd, who likes to listen to music, read books, is not inclined towards pop culture, experiments with some drugs and alcohol.
This book is full of observations on the american culture from a wallflower perspective- someone who is in it, but observing it as much as participating in it. In retrospect it is beautiful for taking a calm look at it, not worried, but seeing what is there.
This book would be most valuable to the adolescents who are going through, and about to go through the experiences described.Read more ›
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I started this book with relatively high expectations, due to all the talk about it, and was thrown off a bit by the style and intensity. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my daughter's favorite book. She has struggled in life for the last year, so today I decided to read the book hoping for some insight into the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kelly
Because I spent my high school years as a wallflower if not an outcast, I could very much relate to this book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kara Neal
If you've seen the movie the book is still worth checking out. Great read for teens.Published 2 days ago by @beautyphd
This is perhaps one of the best books I have ever read. It really makes it feel like it is meant especially for the reader because of the way the author chose to present Charlie's... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
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This book is about reality. It’s sad and strangely beautiful, if you can stand to really look at it. And you should. Read more