The Perks of Being A WallflowerBook - 1999
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky 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 #1 New York Times bestseller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), 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.
From Library Staff
Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. The only friend he had killed himself, forcing him to face high school alone. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is f... Read More »
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 betwe... Read More »
JCLRitaG Jan 19, 2017
How did I miss this for nearly 20 years? Guess I missed the entire culture of the 80's as I was having children. Great story! ...strikingly similar to high school in the 60's.
JCLChrisK Aug 26, 2014
I'm late to this party, so I won't say much except to confirm everyone else. This is good. Very good.
JCLBeckyC Mar 31, 2014
Charlie's family is mostly warm and supportive, but they also have their share of dysfunction. Chbosky does not shield the reader from emotionally wrenching details of Charlie’s early childhood. If you like books where bad things never happen to good people, this book is not for you. It's not a ... Read More »
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sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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"'I feel infinite.'
"And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great.... Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way. I have since bought the record, and I would tell you what it was, but truthfully, it's not the same unless you're driving to your first party, and you're sitting in the middle seat of a pickup with two nice people when it starts to rain."
"Even if we don't have the power to choose where we came from, we can still choose where we go from there."
"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."
"She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time."
"I just want you to know that you're very special... and the only reason I'm telling you is that I don't know if anyone else ever has."
So, if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough.
And I will believe the same about you.
“Dear friend, I do not like high school. The cafeteria is called the ‘Nutrition Center,’ which is strange.” (page 6)
Sexual Content: Masturbation and sensual touching.
Sexual Content: There is reference and mention of sexual acts as well as sexual abuse though none of it is graphic, it is all implicit.
Violence: Characters are said to be/have been in abusive relationships as well as getting in fights.
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goes on a journey to show how childhood can really effect a person and how friends can get someone out of any situation.
Charlie has just lost his best friend and is now starting high school with no friends. Enter Sam and Patrick as they integrate Charlie into their friend group and take him on wild adventures. Follow Charlie as he starts to heal and have the best experiences of his life while still figuring out how he feels
Written in the format of a diary we are guided through Charlie's freshman year of high school. Where he experiences his first love and first taste of partying and his mission of finding him self.
a wonderful coming of age book that tells the tale of a young boy experiencing high school and finding himself along with a few new friends.
A young man named Charlie who is writing his life through letters to an anonymous person of his high school experience.
After learning of the suicide of another student, "Charlie" writes letters to ??? and tells us about his life as a lonely HS freshman. Sadness, loss and past mental health issues. He makes friends, learns about smoking cigarettes, spliffs, and LSD. Drinks and eats fast food. He experiments with girls and experiences kissing one boy and always loves Sam(antha), his good friend. He reads awesome books and tells us about them and has ups and downs with friends.
Charlie, the main character, writes letters to an unnamed person, and this is how his story is told. It talks about how he had trouble fitting in, until he met Sam - whom he fell in love with, and Patrick. These two become his best friends, and also his English teacher provides him with a list of books to read, making him feel more accepted.
this talks bout how a boy named chrlie is introduced of the world of drugs and luv and goes with his friends for help!!!!!!!