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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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on March 2, 2013
I am 74 years old. The world is different now; there are more risks and more choices than when I was 15, but this movie reminded me of what it felt like to be 15 and 16 in 1954 and 1955. In those days homework was accompanied by radio with Rock and Roll music thanks to Alan Fried, Ranger hockey against Maurice Richard, and Gene Shepard,the best story teller of all time. Most of us had after school jobs which gave us enough spending money to begin making choices independent of our parents, and every day we left home and entered the world alone, with very little confidence but with the hope that everything was going to work out. Watching Charlie going through his day, observing the antics of his friends and trying to make sense of it all, brought tears to my eyes. The beauty of the movie is that it captures the universal experience of adolescence, and fortunately, as difficult as the experience may be, just like Charlie, most of us make it through.
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on October 23, 2017
I adored how this book was written because you were reading from a personal point of view.
The letter/ journal style writing was endearing and insightful and the main character enough to break your heart, especially as you learned what he had been through. So many brilliant minds do not fit into the mainstream so they are bullied, picked on or considered slower than their peers when in fact they are light years beyond.
This is a heartfelt and raw view into what its like to be in high school and trying to figure out who you are and how you relate to the world. Absolutely loved this book!
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on October 2, 2016
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a book with a lot of challenging material in it. Even though these aspects are challenging, these things such as drugs, sex, abuse, and determining sexuality all come into play and are very important in this book. These topics are all very real things that should be addressed. This book really speaks to teens and adults in a way that nothing else can, it is an amazing story about the realities of high school and the world in general. In fact this book was so real, it was unlike any of the sugar coated high school books, Chbosky proves this by including “But because things change. And people leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody”(Chbosky145) in his book. Personally I loved this book, if I didn't have to put it down, I wouldn't have. It is the kind of book that sucks you in until you are finished and wishing it was longer.
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VINE VOICEon July 30, 2014
This nifty little book, perhaps the closest thing to a turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Bildungsroman that’s ever been written, effectively depicts the angst of contemporary adolescence just before the advent of cell phones, social networking, and virtual ubiquity.

Charlie, our epistolary narrator, tells his story through letters written to an unnamed “friend.” There seems to be nothing unusual or unique about Charlie—he lives with his loving parents, his older sister and his older brother, who is away at college (Penn State, to be precise) playing football. He experiences the anxiety and unexpected joys typical of most ninth graders. He becomes friends with step-siblings Patrick and Samantha, who support him and love him and introduce him a wide variety of people. Charlie stumbles through his first crush, his first date, his first kiss.

Charlie also happens to be extraordinarily sensitive and unusually kind. It’s all very sweet and endearing. His acute sensitivity sometimes sparks odd behavior—a lack of communicativeness, aimless wandering, almost catatonia. It becomes clear that something very troubling is occurring beneath Charlie’s sweet demeanor. That something is ultimately revealed at the end of this poignant novel, and the source of Charlie’s underlying unease significantly alters our understanding of his adolescent tribulations.

Powerful, convincing, and genuine, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has earned its place alongside classics like “The Catcher in the Rye” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (The list of books that Charlie’s English teacher gives Charlie to read adds a clever postmodern intertextuality to the story).
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on December 14, 2016
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, will make you laugh hysterically, cry uncontrollably, and go through a rollercoaster ride full of emotions as young teenager Charlie Kelmeckis searches for where he belongs in the world and figures out how to deal with his mental illness. Friendship, learning how to cope with grief, and growing up are large themes displayed in this short and simple, yet powerful and effective novel. Important lessons also are included in this book. Moving on with life is one of the major lessons presented. “Because things change, and friends leave, and life doesn't stop for anything” I would strongly recommend this book to teenagers due to the fact that Chbosky writes about many modern day issues teens are faced with today, such as: drugs, alcohol, depression, independence, and high school relationships. Although his way of writing is simple, Stephen Chbosky does a magnificent job in conveying the personalities of his characters and themes. Reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is something you won't regret. So many valuable and touching lessons about life, love, and friendship from a young teenager’s perspective will leave you stunned and wanting to read Chbosky’s novel again and again.
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on May 8, 2017
Amazing movie for all ages, I can't believe I hadn't seen this movie until now. One of my all time favorites
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on August 29, 2015
As a fifty year old male. I am not the target audience for this book, but I still found it enjoyable. Charlie is a strong voice for the y generation. I can still remember what is is like to be that shy, sensitive loner kid and how wonderful it is to find people you fit in with. Charlie is a troubled kid and we find out he is rightfully so. Some may hate me for saying this but I see Charlie as a modern Holden Caulfield. The Author's choice to tell the story in a letter writing format is not original, but it is sometimes difficult to pull off. I think he does pull it off masterfully. Really enjoyed it.
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on May 12, 2017
Classic book that should be required reading for every high school kid in America... I didn't find this book until I was 32 and I still loved it.
As for the movie relation- If you even remotely liked the movie, order the book immediately. This book is exponentially better than the film based upon it and provides a much more detailed character development
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on May 6, 2017
This movie was so good. The soundtrack was great. The acting was great. The plot was great.The relationships between characters, their arcs, their acting--all wonderful. I was so happy to watch this and hope to do so again soon.
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on October 2, 2016
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an amazing book that incorporates so many life lessons that are necessary to learn before you go out and live on your own. The main character, Charlie, goes through so many ups and downs in his life is unimaginable to readers. From questioned sexuality, to sexual assault, to drug abuse, and domestic violence this book deals with all the unimaginable. However if you really think about it you can find a little bit of Charlie in everyone. The same goes for Sam and Patrick and every other character. I think the fact that this book is banned is absurd. Such an amazing and wonderful book that lets readers into Charlie's world and has them experience all his hardships with him should be taught and encouraged. The audience is easily found to be teens and young adults and quite honestly all of the reasons it is banned are the reasons it shouldn't be banned. I'll say one more thing, to anyone who is being discouraged for reading it or someone who isn't aloud to read it, read it anyway, it is a fantastic realistic book that opens all eyes to the real ness of the quote 'everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Be kind. Always.'
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