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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky
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Publisher Description

Read the cult-favorite coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A years-long #1 New York Times bestseller, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Readers, and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

2949 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“This book is not the genre I usually read but I loved it still. I'm so attached with Charlie's character and rellate to him in some ways. Wanted to feel infinite as well after reading this ♡”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growLikable charactersBeautifully writtenImmersive settingComing of ageThought-provokingSexual assault
Anxious Face with sweat“This book has me staring blankly at a wall feeling unbearably numb. I love this book, I read it super quickly and enjoyed every word. I am searching for my ‘infinite’ moment. The best way to read this is to listen to the mixtape playlist written about halfway through the book especially ‘Asleep’ by The Smiths. It is the perfect song for this book.”
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingHomophobiaSexual assault
Thinking Face“My favorite book of all time with one of my favorite film adaptations of all time, I can never get over this book. Aside from the fact that it was so ahead of its time, it holds a very special place in my life and I don’t think anything could ever replace it.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenTragicRealistic settingComing of ageMeaningfulThought-provoking
Loudly Crying Face“this is a book that perfectly expresses the effects of trauma and how it can completely impact a persons mind leading them to place themselves inside a world of their own where they can try and forget the pain in their heart and mind. the perks of being a wallflower is so incredibly beautiful.”
Believable charactersConversationalPoeticHeartbreakingComing of ageMade me cry
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Quotes! "I decided then that when I met someone I thought was beautiful as the song, I should give it to that person" (page 73) "It's like my very first memory, which I guess is the first time I was aware that I was alive" (page 91) "Something really is wrong with me. And i don't know what it is" (page 147) "Its strange how things can change back as suddenly as they change originally. When one thing happens and suddenly, things are back to normal" (page 160)”
UnpredictableVividComing of ageHeartbreaking

About Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his award-winning novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has worked in film and television, on projects including the film version of the smash-hit musical Rent; the TV show Jericho; and others. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.

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