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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for my teenager, read it myself in one sitting, July 12, 2001
This review is from: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Paperback)
I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter but wanted to read it first to see if it is appropriate It is a wonderfully written book in which Charlie, a deeply sensitive boy, finds true friends and learns to live, to love, to lose, and move on. The author gives this boy a voice and it's magnificent. I so appreciate Charlie's depth of emotions. I have a sensitive, emotional son and will want him to read this book in a couple years. Suicide, homosexuality, infatuation, deep deep friendships, finding yourself and re-finding yourself are all themes in this book. The author captures "moments" of adolescence -- those incredible high moments that might last just minutes -- and makes them so real. If only more kids could put a voice to these feelings. One reviewer doesn't think this book captures adolescence in the 90's -- I don't know because I'm a Mom . . . but I don't care. Charlie deals with drugs, smoking, drinking, messing up friendships, feeling alone, and uncovers family problems he has to deal with. And he deals with it as a young man who can stand back, look at it all, and make decisions about what he has experienced. I want my daughter to read it, maybe now or maybe in a couple years, for the hope it left me with. Charlie survived being hopelessly in love with one of his best friends. It hurt and he felt it and it didn't defeat him. With everything thrown at kids in jr. high and high school this book might just help them survive it a little more intact. I think I'm going to go talk to my kids right now . . . .
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Initial post: Aug 15, 2013 3:24:01 AM PDT
GirlyGirl says:
I will buy this book because of your review. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2014 3:38:33 PM PDT
nawlinsgal says:
Great review. But do you think it's appropriate for 12 year old?

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 1:44:29 PM PDT
You forgot to mention when Dave sodomizes the crying girl in front of the main character. I am surprised anyone would think that appropriate reading for someone who is not in high school or older. I noticed those pages were left out of the publisher preview.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2014 1:45:25 PM PDT
No. Graphic rape, extensive masturbation, bestiality, suicide, homosexuality, drug use.
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