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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this book very much because its just that cool. Also I can relate to Charlie in many ways.Published 1 day ago by sean poleon
Love the writing style and the mystery of whoever is being sent Charlie's letters. The book really makes you think.Published 1 day ago by Bryant
A politically correct story encompassing an array of social issues--suicide, sexual abuse, alcohol and other drug abuse, homosexuality--as well as teenage angst, all during the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bookwomanjr
this coming of age story features an uncommonly kind and sensitive boy's struggles to navigate the world, punctuated by a series of beautiful and tender moments.Published 2 days ago by David McGrath
I've seen this book around forever. And then the movie followed. Which I haven't seen yet. So I was expecting more than what I got. It's a descent read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by YvetteMH
It talks about serious and deep subjects whilthout being melodramatic, and helped me value the small things about daily life that make it worthwhile.Published 4 days ago by D
This is my favorite book of all time. The main character Charlie is intelligent, funny and honest. His heartfelt letters tell an alarmingly realistic story of a young man trying to... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Christie N. Daniels
The book had some messed up pages, I have encountered this when ordering paperback books.. but I still have hope.Published 7 days ago by Starr Lanii