The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky, . The story began when Chbosky was in school, evolving from another book on which he was working. In that book he wrote the. The Perks of Being a Wallflower book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. standing on the fringes of life offers a uni. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Chbosky lives in New York. the perks of being a wallflower is his first novel. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products. The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Stephen Chbosky] on raudone.info Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries. The Perks of Being a Wallflower [Stephen Chbosky] on raudone.info Paperback: pages; Publisher: MTV Books; Later Printing edition (February 1, ).
That is the origin of my story. I know my daughter will be thrilled to hear this, she considers Perks of Being a Wallflower her favorite book of all time, she relates to it so well and it helped open a dialogue between us when she was struggling with personal issues.
Thank you, Stephen. Charlie helped me get through high school. Looking forward to your next work. This is exactly the news I needed today Although Perks of Being a Wallflower may be just words on paper for some, it means far more to me than I could ever express. Cannot wait to read more of your work. He also wrote and directed the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower himself.
I love this line. Some may hate it and think it cheesy but sometimes life needs to be cheesy and it needs to be infinite. View all 20 comments. June 30, Dear Charlie, First of all, thank you for sending me your poignant letters.
I'm honored you think of me as a person that didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though I could have. I'm ecstatic you decided to allow me to read your thoughts. I am really quite happy about this. It was nice receiving letters from you, even though they're dated long ago. I know that I got them for only a couple of months June 30, Dear Charlie, First of all, thank you for sending me your poignant letters.
I know that I got them for only a couple of months in a span of one year , but it felt like you've been talking to me since you were very young. Remember that memory you called the first one you ever remembered?
I sometimes felt like the things you were pouring out in your letters were a little too personal, but you let me into your head, into your heart, into your soul. With only your words, I saw you "participate", I saw you have friends, I saw you fall in love, I saw you grow. I may not have ever seen you or the persons you know personally, but I could almost taste your fries from that fastfood chain, I could almost hear Mary Elizabeth's chatter, I could almost see Patrick's smile, I could almost feel the winter cold of your world there.
Your friends and family were as real to me as if I saw them every single day of my life. While I was glad you were very honest in your letters, I have to admit that your highs and lows were brutal and enlightening to me, as they were to you.
Your first kiss remember her tears? You had your issues, but you seemed more interested in those of others. I felt more than a little sad when you were being too nice to some people But boy was I rather depressed when you had to be all alone!
I wish I could've always been there, instead of reading of your exploits on a date after you've had them. I'll sincerely cherish your words, your thoughts, your ideas. Thank you very much for the pop culture references - you surely made me add more books and more songs and more "films" to my to-check-out list! I'm a little sad that I haven't gotten any more letters from you after that last one, but I understand.
I'm sure you're doing well, and rest assured: I'll always be here to hear you out when you need it. Thank you for being so wonderfully Charlie-esque. Thank you for letting me feel infinite. Love always, Your friend View all 36 comments.
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After 50 pages I would have written that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was poorly written, boring and tasteless. After pages I would have clapped because really, wow , Stephen Chbosky really did want to tick all the strong issues boxes, haha. No, three pages of so-called teenage philosophy isn't enough. No, really. Fuck you. I am very sorry for all the people on Earth who loved this book, and know that this review isn't about you.
I started The Perks of Being a Wallflower expecting to love it. As it is, I cannot. Probably because it contains what I hate the most in Literature, this being: It doesn't work like that. You do NOT involve a reader by creating an unrealistic overkill of serious issues, as if they were trying to outbid each other.
There's a moment when I just don't care anymore. This is manipulative and disrespectful. It reads like a catalogue of the worst situations possible. And because I know that people will tell me that it's realistic because Charlie is only 15, and that he can't analyze these issues in depth: Why include so many issues - teen pregnancy, drinking, drugs, sexual identity, abuse, and so on - if they're only there to fill the book?
I am the first to admit that we mustn't take teenagers for fools and that YA novels should picture these issues. But COME. What is even the point if they're only brushed off?
Is telling them that it happens to other people is going to make them feel better? I don't think so. And yes, when something like abuse is dealt in TWO pages, I do get the feeling that the book is telling me to move the fuck on. Also, that "beautiful" sentence, "we accept the love we think we deserve"? When applied to the situation? But again, empty words. I would have probably loved it as a 14 years old. Schmidt novel instead. For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 48 comments.
Oct 18, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is beautiful. It is a classic teenager read. I have probably read this book a million times and it never gets old. I love how honest and deep Charlie is. He will get you thinking about the good things and what really matters in life. I am inspired whenever I read this book and I hope you can get as much out of it as I do each and every time. This is was my book report for school.
Hope it helps! But even if This book is beautiful. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose wherever we go from there. I am inspired whenever I read this book.
Written by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower would have to be one of the most insightful young adult novels I have read. He need s to know that these people exist.
Following his meeting with Sam and Patrick, two seniors who become his best friends, Charlie begins to experience more of life.
That line does it for me. This book has inspired me to try and do so much more. Charlie did and achieved so much in just his freshman year alone. I want to live a life like him.
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One that I can look back and be proud of, one that I can tell my kids about, of walking home from school and spending the best times with my friends. To you, right now in this classroom it may seem little and petty, but to Charlie and I, this is real. View all 7 comments. View all 16 comments. Dear Charlie, I am writing to you because I have received several of your lovely letters.
I didn't realise that my postbox was full until I opened it just yesterday. I apologise as I was busy and knackered these past few weeks. By the way, I have sorted all those letters of yours by month, date, and year as my quite obsessive-compulsive self dictates all the time, not that it's a flaw or anything, but if it's considered a flaw, I'm glad that I do have it, because you see, being normal is bloody Dear Charlie, I am writing to you because I have received several of your lovely letters.
By the way, I have sorted all those letters of yours by month, date, and year as my quite obsessive-compulsive self dictates all the time, not that it's a flaw or anything, but if it's considered a flaw, I'm glad that I do have it, because you see, being normal is bloody dull!
Actually, I'm really having some collywobbles right now as I'm writing this letter. See, I'm at a disadvantage here for the fact that you haven't enclosed a return address. So, here I am, posting my letter in the world wide web in an attempt to reach you and sincerely thank you because your letters deeply touched my heart.
I just hope my letter reaches you one way or another. Anyways, as I'm writing this one, I want to reassure you that I'm permanently and inevitably flawed as well just like you. I do not need to mention my foibles, do I? That aside, anyone who is reading this eccentric preamble doesn't need a formal introduction to your story. I presume that you have received hundreds of thousands or even millions of responses and that you're taking your time to read them all. And blimey! That's raining cats and dogs for you alone, letterwise!
For those who haven't read your letters yet, well, I think it's time for them to peruse it now. Charlie, you are a sensitive, selfless, kind, loving, observant, and an intelligent human being with an unbreakable soul! You can't imagine how much I would love to hug you right now! Although my experiences are different from yours at a certain level, it doesn't change the fact that what you've shared with me was emotionally resonant. And high school?
Oh, so many memories! Yes, I was a wallflower and probably still think of myself as a wallflower, I guess, but in a different way now. I still march to the beat of my own drum. I don't like the good ol' chin-wag thing. Well, I prefer to know others on a deeper level. By the way, do you believe that "still waters run deep"?
I hope you do because that's me too. I used to be quiet and shy, but not anymore. I'm still reserved and as awkward as ever in big groups and specific social situations though. Oh, and my weirdness is still a thing! What can I say, I'm just a perky wallflower who loves the colour of periwinkle!
Now you know I'm totally gay! Anyways, I feel comfortable whenever I'm with my friends, especially those who are on the same wavelength as mine and if you're in my inner circle, you would know how I immensely love you and would care for you, to the moon and back! Like you, I'm an observer and listener up to this very moment. It doesn't mean that I'm antisocial, a loser, freak, have no friends or anything negative related to that.
It just means that I can see the bigger picture as well as the infinitesimal ones, which most people would likely dismiss or bypass. I still cry albeit on specific situations, like after reading all of your letters, especially the last one. It's my coping mechanism and that's to say that I'm not afraid to be in touch with my emotions — not because I'm gay, a man, or something that society expects me to think, do, or feel like "boys don't cry".
Bloody hell! That's bollocks, I tell you, bollocks, I say! I know you wouldn't judge me, so I'm telling you that mostly I'm away with the fairies and would return several hours later back to our mundane reality. I'm also an extroverted introvert — I know, I know, what a paradox!
I think that's what being a wallflower was or is like. That aside, please know that I'm here for you, my dear friend. We're here to see one another through!
You have found a fellow wallflower, a kindred spirit who understands you as much as you would understand all of us. Charlie, you might not know me, but we know a lot about you through your letters and that alone, is a testament that being a wallflower is okay, and perhaps, there are several perks of being a wallflower after all! But seriously, Charlie, you are the spark that resites the hidden flame of the millions of wallflowers living in this world and in the future to come.
The spark inside you is proof that "nothing can dim the light that shines from within", as Maya Angelou would say. Thank you so much for being the light that illuminated the world with your love, kindness, and empathy. You are truly a remarkable wallflower that I will perpetually remember!
May you be a celestial spark to others when all the other lights go out View all 94 comments. Jun 06, Meredith rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Resounding accuracy of the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood, goodreads? Um yeah, maybe if all kids teetering on the brink of adulthood made you question if they were autistic and spent the majority of their free time reading the classics and going to therapy.
Don't get me wrong. This book is good. You want to find out what the deal is with the main character for the entire book and at the end, you eventually get a pretty damn good idea.
But for the love, this is not the Catcher Resounding accuracy of the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood, goodreads? But for the love, this is not the Catcher in the Rye for the 90s.
And it's just unrealistic. You find out at the end why he is so weird, but the catch about this book for me is that a kid with his kind of emotional issues probably never would have been able to experience the kind of social interaction he experiences and writes about throughout the book. Bottom line, kids are mean, especially in HS, and they would have been mean to this kid if he was as odd as he portrays himself to be in the "letters" he writes.
In the book, the big denouement is catalyzed when he finally makes out with a girl he's had a crush on the whole book. In real life, that girl never would have even spoken to him, let alone gotten to the point of making out with him. Finally, there is a whole hippie vibe to this book that reminded me of a Wonder Years episode.
You'd have no idea that it was supposed to take place in the early 90s if the diary entries hadn't been dated. The lack of relevant cultural references really bothered me. View all 54 comments. May 25, K. Absolutely rated it really liked it Recommended to K. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Free live sex shows but you are not allowed to tell anyone. Free LSD mixed in a brownie. Free to make out with girls who take fancy on you because you seem to be harmless. All of the above.
None of the above. I read this novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower: I read this novel twice. The first time I read it, I was annoyed from first page to page and I had no doubt that this book deserved a rating of 1: I did not like it! However, when I went through the existing ratings of my friends, most of the younger ones rated this with either a 5 or 4 and most of the older ones, either 2 or 3.
That did the trick for me. When I was 15, I did not do drugs because I was still in the island as a 4th year high school student and I was sure there were no drugs in that small town.
If there were, I am sure people would first prioritize downloading food on the table rather than spend the money on drugs. Since we also did not have maids at home, I was busy with household chores: Nor did I have sex because I was a virgin till I was on my last year in college. Nor did I have friends who made out in front of me because: I did not have exhibitionist friends. People in the island were conservative on those days so they frowned on homosexuals.
I was sure they did their business in complete privacy so nothing like that came out during my time.
In fact, during those years, there were only a couple of grownup men who I remember being referred to all so silently as homosexuals. But now, you go there and the homosexuals are all openly roaming the streets at daytime. I was a year younger than my classmates-friends and I swear I was clueless at the time they were already talking about finding their underwear wet in front when they woke up one morning or when their hair started to appear down there.
In other words, I was not able to relate to Charlie but I still liked this book. I dawned on me during my re-read that Charlie is actually addressing those letters to his readers, including me and he is a pure soul. Notice that despite all the sad things that happened to him during his first year in high school and even in the past, he did not bear grudges on anyone.
He still see things positively and even wishes good life at all.
This is in complete opposite to Holden Caulfield in J. In fact, this is one of the books, Bill asks Charlie to read.
He is like a medical case in autism that whatever went inside his head while reading or the events that happened in his life during that year, did not affect in anyway his outlook in life. He was a pure good soul through and through. Once you close the book, you will feel that there is something in the story that you missed and you will have that impulse to read through again. See the lyrics of the song at the end of this review. What happened to his aunt when she was a young girl? What happened to Charlie in the last letter?
I will not tell you my answers to those as that would be too much of spoilers. Overall, a very intriguing read. This is the first novel of Peter Chbosky born , an American novelist, screenwriter and film director. He wrote the screenplay of film Rent and he was co-creator of CBS television series, Jericho.
So, he and this work, his first, should, in my opinion, not be taken lightly. Jun 01, Allie rated it did not like it Shelves: How can the author be such a douche. I felt emotionally manipulated by this inconsistently written, I'm-trying-to-be-deep-and-real-and-strike-emotional-chords crying fest.
So I Hulk-smashed it into the recycling bin. View all 21 comments. Mar 08, Mario rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.
Damn, this book was amazing. And it's not one of those books where you figure out how amazing it is at the beginning, or even through the first half. It slowly creeps up on you. Or at least is slowly crept I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. Or at least is slowly crept up on me.
And the more I read, the more I loved it. And now that I've read it, I can safely say that this book definitely will go on a list of my favorite books ever.
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And another thing I should mention is that I've been avoiding this book for a while. One of the reasons was because I thought it was over-hyped silly me. But then, finally, we had to read this book for University, and I'm so glad that the professor choose this book. It was the first book which I had to read, that I absolutely loved. And I haven't seen the movie, so I didn't know anything about the plot.
And I'm glad that that was the case. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a coming-of-age story. But it is also so much more than that.
It is a story about a boy named Charlie who just started high school. Because he felt alone and scared, he started writing letters to At the beginning, I didn't quite like Charlie as a character. He cried way too much, and was a bit weird. But as the book went, I started liking him more and more. I also stared understanding him, and actually relating to him.
Also, I liked most of the other characters some more, some less. Yeah, they all had some flaws, and they all did some things which I sometimes didn't understand why, but we all act like that sometimes. One more thing that I absolutely loved was the friendship between Charlie, Sam and Patrick. I really wish I had a friendship like they did, in my own high school.
It would certainly made things easier. I also loved that this book felt so nostalgic. Even though I finished high school not that long ago, it still brought me back to days when I just started school. And I loved that it did. So many times I've read a quote that described perfectly how I felt back then or sometimes even now , which I couldn't find words to describe.
But Charlie described it perfectly. Now, I should probably stop here and end this review, before I get too emotional. So in conclusion, I loved this book, and I can't say how much I'm glad that I've finally read it.
And I'm sure that I'll re-read it many times in the future.
View all 9 comments. Oct 26, Anne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Anne by: Kat Stark. So, why does no one really mention that Charlie seems to be a high functioning autistic? I mean, there's a difference between shy or wallflower , and autistic. The way he doesn't understand social norms, his thought process, his actions and inactions in certain situations , even the awkward ways he expresses his feelings. They all point to someone who sees the world differently than the rest of us.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm totally misreading what Chbosky was trying to portray. Or maybe Chbos Ok. Or maybe Chbosky didn't even realize what he was portraying. See, I love a mildly autistic kid. I love him a whole hellava lot. This book touched me in my soft spot.
I'm not really sure I can give it an unprejudiced review. Well, the reviews are quite divided between my friends. And even though I loved it, I can see why some of them didn't. Charlie's friends?
No, not even seniors who've been through things are that deep, that mature, or that introspective. I'm sorry, but it doesn't happen. You may believe you or your friends were that way. But I challenge anyone who thinks that, to go back and read some of their shitty poetry or obnoxiously angsty diary entries.
You thought you were waaay more mature than you really were.
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I swear. However, it does express how some people remember themselves. So, there's that. Some people also have a problem with all of the underage drinking, drug use, and sex. Ok, I get why they don't like it, but it happens. I did all of that when I was in high school.
Although, once again, I wasn't quite as cool or mature about it as these guys. Anyway, if you want to pretend that nobody gets drunk til they turn 21, or gets laid till they turn 18?
More power to you. However, it's not only unrealistic, but it has been unrealistic for manymany years. And teenagers while not suave aren't stupid. If you want to align yourself with the bury-your-head-in-the-sand groups, then I can almost guarantee they'll think you're stupid, too. So, good luck getting them to take your advice seriously! Ok, last but not least, there's quite a few complaints about how many issues these kids have to deal with.
Rape, molestation, suicide, gay bashing, bullying, the list goes on. Well, let me think No one I knew killed themselves. I guess I'm biased, but I loved this book. And I loved Charlie. I just hope my Charlie has the courage to participate in life the way this one did. Minus the LSD! Because, really, that shit can be pretty fucking awful. This is one of those books that has been on my TBR for years. Charlie is finding himself, who his true friends are, and really coming into his own.
As an adult, it takes you back to the days when you were a teenager, as a teenager you can connect with it and make sense of it through your everyday struggles, and as a child, it teaches you what lies ahead. But above all, it inspires you. The novel itself was written in , though it is debated about when the story actually took place.
He writes his letters in these ways so that the receiver of the letter will not know who he is. This is one of the main reasons why I like this book. One of the main themes of this book is acceptance. Acceptance of your sexuality, religion, and yourself in general. Charlie is a very sensitive and sincere character.Charlie's revelations don't hold much back and they read very naturally and convincingly.
He begins the school year friendless and alone thanks to the suicide of his best friend, Michael, the year before. While I am contemplating my own infinity-ness, let me compose a poem to Reynje, who read this book with me. Script Magazine. Charlie begins to realize that his sexual contact with Sam has stirred up repressed memories of him being molested by his Aunt Helen as a little boy.
May 10, Daniel rated it did not like it. See all questions about The Perks of Being a Wallflower…. This quote just makes me think of this: Actually, I'm really having some collywobbles right now as I'm writing this letter.
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