The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Paperback | February 1, 1999

byStephen Chbosky

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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 #1 New York Times best seller 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.

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Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Megan, age 15, Charlottetown, PEICharlie is a wallflower. He's the boy who quietly observes life and the people around him without anyone noticing. Charlie is the main character in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, a poignant novel about discovering yourself and dealing with the struggles of growing up...

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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 nov...

Stephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere,premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. He is the recipient o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Mtv BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0671027344

ISBN - 13:9780671027346

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Rated 1 out of 5 by from So Boring! To me this book was really boring. Would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav One of my favorite books ever.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I absolutely love this book and I love Charlie. Must read!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved This is a very well written book and a wonderful love story. I would recommend it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read it! Lovely read, be sure to read it, and if you don't like it at first, continue reading and give Charlie one more chance to be loved! (You'll see what I mean when you finish the book! so yes, please do finish the book!)
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless This story is a timeless account of what it's like to be a teenager. Whether you grew up in the 80s, 90s, or now, you'll be able to identify with the teenagers in this book. So beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read Although this book isn't my favorite, it was talk a lot about when I was young and it holds a dear nostalgic spot in my heart. It's cute and fun, doesn't take a lot of effort to read, but it's not the best.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deep and meaningful read Charlie is a dark and twisty character whom seems to constantly live in a grey state. I love how thought provoking this read is, and how psychological it can become when reading it again.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perks of being a wallflower I loved the book and the movie. It is a short book, yet still a great read. I felt so connected to characters that I wished there was a second book.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite novel! This book I have read too many times to count, the story is so common yet so untold. I found Charlie endearing and I couldn't help but root for him. The characters are all so well rounded and add a nice ambiance, I personally adore Patrick, a wonderful blend of people you would never expect together all in harmony. Wonderful book and the movie is well done. (I always favour the books more)
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings... I could not stop making the connections between this book to Forrest Gump. I wasn't a huge fan of the book, however I think it was an alright read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! It was a short, but great read! And in my opinion much better than the movie
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Unbelievably poignant, it is such an important YA novel.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it This book characterizes the difficulty of having a mental disorder very well. You begin to feel in tone with Charlie, and its an amazing experience. Film is just as good
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I originally read this book in Italian, and it was incredible. The content was really good and very well written. When I had first seen the movie, I really wasn't interested in it, but after reading the actual book, I was very much engaged. Everyone should read this!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not too good a short read, not as good as i thought it would be.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK It took me only one day to finish because I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always be a favourite! This was my favourite book as a teenager, and as an adult now, I can still enjoy it. With a "Catcher in the Rye" feel, this book is awkward, angsty and brings back many memories of being a teen!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awkward Teenhood Reminiscent of Holden Caulfield's adventures in Catcher in the Rye, the reader is introduced to Charlie. Charlie's adventures through high school remind each reader of the awkwardness of high school, and the challenges of finding one's self. A great read!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing great book, compelling story.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book I Will Read Over And Over Again! I bought this book with high hopes and I was not disappointed. The book is so beautifully written you will remember it for forever.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites! The unique style of writing within this novel resonates with the reader allowing them to feel connected to the protagonist Charlie. Definitely recommend to anyone in their teenage years!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I read this book at one time from 8 pm to 4 am one summer morning/night. It made me cry and cry and cry. This book is sad, but in an uplifting way. I think it is amazing, no matter what other reviewers say it is amazing.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! Great story and message. It also introduced me to some new music along the way!
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Classic Amazing tale of the journey of self discovery and self acceptance that is high school. It has easily become one of my favourite books that I turn to when I want read for enjoyment.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A BOOK FOR EVERYONE! This book definitely shows you the perspective of a teenage boy who isn't popular, but has a rather "boring and normal" life. This book also has some fowl language in it, so I wouldn't recommend that younger children read it. However, it is still a tremendously interesting book to read!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! So many parallels to Catcher in the Rye with a more endearing protagonist. I really love it! #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Young Adult Novel for Everyone A sensitive novel that outlines life with trauma and mental health issues. Some find it to be a difficult read, but the format is perhaps geared more toward youth, but also one that has experienced rumination and reflection.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perks of Being a Wallflower Difficult read. Interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I read this book right before starting high school and it really helped guide me and opened my eyes to some things. I really enjoyed this book and I never get tired of reading it over and over again. I get this nostalgic feeling every time I pick it up:)
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book is so amazingly meaningful. Even though you may not have experienced everything the same way, you will be able to relate to some emotion in this book. It highlights important aspects essential to life, and wonderfully cultivates friendships. One of my favourites.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of my favorite books of all time
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite YA of All Time I'm not much of a YA-fan anymore, but I read this book only a couple years ago and LOVED it. I was surprised that I started to cry at the end of the book, but it was that emotional.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from guide to high school... kind of I enjoyed this book because it was written from an introvert's point of view. Coming from a fellow introvert, this book was kind of my guide to high school... minus some slightly inappropriate parts...
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Liked the movie, loved the book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatness I really loved this book, the views of how the characters see things differently than everyone else feels very real to me. Words I have in mind when I think of this book: down to earth, genuine, unique. I wish this book was longer.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Absolutely amazing #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YA beauty I am not a fan of YA, but this book, let me tell you, was AMAZING! It captures incredibly the life of a lonely and traumatized kid who just wants friends and get out of a dark phase. This story is so quotable and I love it! Totally would recommend, maybe you'll cry a bit, but it's worth it!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really Kind of Awful Oooookay. One star seems a bit harsh to me. But really, truly, honestly, I did not like it. At all. I'll get to why later, but I feel like this needs a bit more explanation, because this book has a lot of people who love it. It wasn't a bad book. I just felt like I couldn't relate to it at all. I'm coming up on finishing my last year of high school, and for a book that is supposed to portray the "raw, aching experience of being a teenager," to quote the praise on the back, it fell wildly short of the mark. It felt to me that Chbosky was painting a sort of reverse-idealised version of high school years. Maybe I just didn't like it primarily because the version of high school depicted was completely incongruous with my experience. In a way, this book perhaps deserves more stars, simply because it illicited a strong response from me; it made me really, really angry. There were moments when it almost made up for it, and then something would happen that made me grit my teeth again. If a book makes me angry in a deliberate way that has me challenging my views or thinking about an issue, then I consider that a point in it's favor. If it makes me angry as a side effect of something else it was trying to do, it's a point against it, and I'm still trying to work out which one this book was. The main thing that made me angry was the lack of respect in this book. Before I go any further, I should probably say that yes, my own personal views on sex and drugs and alcohol did have some bearing in this. It's difficult, in a world where extreme acceptance is becoming the norm and strong traditional opinions seem to be sort of taboo, to say that I didn't like this book because the characters were so sexually promiscuous or because they dealt with their problems with drugs and alcohol. I don't want to judge the characters or the book just because they use sex and drugs. I judge them because of the way they do it. I personally believe in sex after marriage, but sex before marriage isn't usually a factor in the literary quality of the book. It was the way it was used. At one point, Sam berates Charlie for not ever taking action based on his own desires, and the first thing he decisively does is sexual. To me, that tells me that Charlie's sexual desires are the strongest part of him. Instead of changing to be more involved in his family or to do something meaningful, he initiates a sexual experience. He has so little respect for himself throughout the whole book; he lets other people kiss him simply because "he's trying to be a good friend". He has no respect for his own body or his own decisions. And the first time he does something decisive, he doesn't do something that finally respects his body; he hands over control again. It made me really angry. When, over and over again, Charlie relinquished control over to drugs and alcohol, it made me even madder. It's like by being a wallflower Charlie decided he didn't deserve to respect himself. By being an observer, he wasn't allowed control over his own body. The other respect issue in this book was the fact that it dealt with a lot of sensitive issues without ever really dealing with them. It touched on so many terrible things and then just abandoned them. Maybe Chbosky was trying to emulate life in that bad things happen but then you move on, but to me, it just felt like acceptance. Like Charlie knew all these terrible things happened and was okay with them. Like nobody cared. If you're going to bring this sort of thing up, so many "those sorts of things," tell me something about them. It made me angry. The other thing that made me really not like this book was Charlie. His voice was juvenile and the writing felt contrived and way too simplistic. I get that Charlie had issues; however, it didn't even feel like a teenager was dealing with them. It felt like a kid was. Instead of a freshman hanging out with a bunch of seniors, it felt like the seniors were dragging a child around. The many places where it simply said "I cried" were weird for me. I couldn't imagine it. He just burst into tears all over the place, without any real connection to emotion. I get that Charlie is supposed to be detached and all, but he was so detached I had no way to connect with him. I found his reactions strange and his voice annoying. This review was more for me than anything; I don't know if I would recommend reading this. I think it's overrated. But maybe you would like it more than I did.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Unique Coming-of-age Story This novel is written as a series of letters from the main character, Charlie, to an unknown pen-pal. This novel seems to transport you into the mind of a young adult with a unique story to tell. I think that many people will find something in the main character, Charlie, that reminds them of themselves at 15 or even 25. #plumrewards
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Type of Book I don't think that this book is for everyone but it is definitely one of my favorites. I think if you have experienced some of the things the characters are going through than you will really enjoy this but if you aren't connecting with the characters than I don't think this book has much to offer you. This story deals with some heavy topics that will resonate with certain people and completely go over other people's heads.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern Classic of YA Fiction After having a hard time enjoying the YA I've recently been reading, I was pleasantly surprised by how emotional I got reading this book. It has since become my favourite YA stand-alone novel.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic First of all, it's a YA fiction, and pretty predictable, but nevertheless the characters are easy to connect to and make reading the book a pleasure. They remind you of what it's like growing up and in that way it touches many people.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I picked it up because everyone was talking about it and the movie was playing in that year. The book did not satisfied me, I guess it is just not my read.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It was a good read, but I wouldn't say it was "thought provoking" or "life changing" for me. It didn't really connect with me like it did for other people. It was still a good story though!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really loved this book. Read it a couple years ago and still love it.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Have tried a couple times to get into this book but for some reason I've never connected with it. Writing is fine but don't really like the story
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting This book is a coming of age story. It touches on subjects that are not often discussed. Depression, substance abuse etc. I had a hard time getting into this book. The writing jumps around and is hard to follow the plot at times. You definitely need to be in the right mind set to read this book so that you can focus on the story. Having said that, once I was able to focus on the story, I did enjoy most of the book. The Characters were interesting and the story line is good in places.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE Read this in grdae 9 and loved it. Still one of my favs!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved i feel like this is one of those YA coming of age books that everyone should read. i read it a while ago because of the hype surrounding it, and im so glad i did. it was raw and emotional, and i feel like everyone could relate at least a little bit to it. it was awkward and lovely and sad and simply a must-read.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. Such a masterpiece. I absolutely loved the way he wrote this book. It can be relatable to some people, but for myself, I found it to be an interesting read and perspective on people and their journey of growing up. It was a splendid book and highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER This book changed my life. Definitely recommend this.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I found this to be a very enjoyable read that captures the awkwardness of growing up and the all too often pain and humiliation that accompanies it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was Expecting More From all the reviews,I think it was overhyped. Still a good story though, I just had higher expectations for it.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! This book had such a profound impact on me. The book is primarily driven by great and unique characters. A great coming of age story
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yesss! This is always my go-to book when I'm feeling down. I think it speaks a lot of anxiety and coping with new situations in a youthful way.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good definitely not my favourite but it was a really good read and i'm glad i read it. you will not regret reading this book!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing! one of my all time favourites.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I absolutely love this book! I thought it was funny and witty. The characters were very easy for me to connect with. If you're thinking about reading this then you 100% should!!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I am now on my second time reading this book and I'm loving it just as much as the first time!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wonderful coming of age novel.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This takes you into the life of Charlie, it shows you the issues of growing up and how not everything turns out the way you would have hoped.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-time favourite Absolutely fell in love with the main character..... I loved this novel so much. As soon as I finished, I re-read again and again. If you haven't read it yet, please do!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Coming-Of-Age Story This is a great book for someone who's just getting into coming-of-age stories, or wanting to know what one is like. This book pulled me in from the very beginning. Contray to some reviews, I would say it is a little thought-provoking; definitely a little bit, if at all. It's a short read but it sticks with you. I would recommend it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting... It's a very believable journal writing style, just takes some time to get used to reading. Interesting read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's Home As corny as it sounds, I found myself in this book. Charlie's letters are written honestly and are so believable that I wouldn't be surprised if Chbosky was his real name. This story is about love, life, growing up, literature and of course being a wallflower. I've read it again and again and I honestly will keep doing so. It's beautiful, it's tragic it's relevant, it's me.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fave one of my all time favorite reads
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I really enjoyed the story and the journey that this book took me on. I did not find the book to be life changing as others do but it was still worth a read.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really loved it. I read this when the movie came out and I found it super interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest Look at Depression Super good! A book that's honest about depression and grief; how you might not be suicidal every second of the day, but you might be prone to crying randomly and not know exactly where you fit in.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Think I Missed Something... I know that a lot of people really enjoy this book and think that it is life-changing, but I am not one of those people. I did not think that the plot to this story was that good or very original, which led to me not enjoying what I was reading. In my opinion, this was just a regual coming-of-age story, with nothing special involved, or any moments that stuck out to me. The main character, Charlie, tended to creep my out for various reasons - mostly his personality and his tendencies - but the other characters were funny. There was quite a bit of character development for Charlie in this story, as he had many life experiences - well, high school experiences. He was able to get out of his little bubble that included only himself, and tried things he never thought he would.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read An interesting story about being an outsider.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! The book was even better than the movie, as always you'll say. Definitely a good read!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!! I absolutely adore this book. Beautifully written. I couldn't put it down when I first read it, and still re-read it every once in a while.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! This is one of my favourite books. I love the characters and think that Chbosky did a wonderful job at writing this story.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Definitely more of a teen read but I love this book, I've read it a few times now. I personally really like and connect with the characters #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant. i thought this book was amazing, definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! one of the best books I've read
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was really good I really liked the ending and everything in between.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! I read this book a few weeks ago and was blown away by Chbosky's spin on every day experiences. The book is written in the form of several letters written by the main character, Charlie. Charlie sees the world in a whole different way, taking readers on a a fascinating journey through every-day life. Charlie's perspective on the world ensures that readers stay captivated to the end, promoting deeper thinking. Exceptional writing!
Date published: 2015-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing movie adaptation This is probably the first time that I have seen the movie before reading the book and I was really impressed at how close the two were. After reading the book I was able to really appreciate just how many little details there were in the movie that I didn't notice before. Reading this book was a weird experience. At first I thought it was just because Charlie was really weird but then as Bill says in the book it's just because Charlie is so incredibly smart. He sees the world in such a different way that it really gets you thinking. I really love this book because it is so real and it doesn't sugar coat things or have impossible events. It's just, real
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perks of Being a Wallflower This is a great read for teenagers or otherwise. A very honest tale about coming up, accurately and beautifully depicting some of the struggles that we all face to some degree. Lots of beautiful quotes and insights. "We accept the love we think we deserve"
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very compelling I was very excited to read the book because of recommendations from a friend. I knew that it would be a quick read for me but it kinda wasn't. There where some parts of the book that I got confused about or couldn't really understand. Charlie is a very smart and mature person for his age, some people didn't understand him so they thought he was awkward. But yet I could relate to him in some ways. Personally I think it was a wonderful story and very interesting the way it was told/read, yet it was very emotional and raw. I liked it, this book was a good read 
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky while I was in Jamaica with my family last winter. I read it four times over the course of that week. If that doesn’t tell you how much I enjoyed that book then I don’t know what will. I not only read that book many times because I read all of the books I brought with me by the middle of the week, but because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I find that the first time you read this novel, it’s just another average novel. You need to read it a few times to really get the entire meaning and to be fully immersed in Charlie’s life. There are so many life lessons that can be learned through the novel. It is also a big eye opener for people on what it means to be a teen. This novel shows just how tough teenage life can be at times. For instance, Charlie, the protagonist, struggles with depression as he makes the awkward change from middle school to high school. Many teenagers feel alone when they face a difficult time in their lives but this novel shows that you can talk to others about what you’re going through and that you’re not alone. In the novel, Charlie befriends his English teacher and it is that teacher who helps him get back on his feet. This novel is written as if Charlie is sending you letters. I really enjoyed the way it was written because it made me feel more connected to Charlie. This is because it feels as if he is actually talking to you and wants you to know about his life. Most novels make you feel as if you are on the sidelines looking in, whereas this approach made me feel as if I was in the middle of the action. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great read with some life lessons mixed in. If you do decide to read this book, be sure to read it more than once to really benefit from it.
Date published: 2013-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Amazingly Written **SPOILER** I loved this novel. Although it didn't have the action I typically prefer, the way the story was well-written and the perspective was very unique. It was deep and touching and I was so relieved it had a happy ending rather than a sad one. I thought Charlie would commit suicide (I thought the poem foreshadowed what was going to happen later on) - I'm actually happy and satisfied with the ending! I learned many things about Charlie as I was reading: he is very observant, understanding, matter-of-fact, childish and passive. He thinks and observes a lot. I initially thought Charlie was autistic or schizophrenic but after learning he was molested by his Aunt Helen, I realized that he probably suffered from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), which lead to social anxiety and depression, and trapped him in a "childish state" (taken from The situation with Aunt Helen explains why she gave him two gifts for his birthday rather than one, and how he suddenly became very upset when he was touched by Sam.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing Absolutely amazing! Read it. Charle has no friends so he writes to someone anonymous about his days and experiences. His experiences about life and the new friends he makes and about how he's in a good place now. Until his friends leave and it brings Charle back to the bad place.
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar I heard all the hype about this book and I was a little hesitant to see if it would live up to my expectations, but it went above and beyond. For a 16 year old, I felt that this book was an honest interpretation of adolescence and it was one of the most relatable books that I've ever read. I felt that I could really relate to Charlie and the things he was going through. Very powerful novel that will translate for teens now.
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh after all the hype I was expecting this amazing book, but it was ok. I was glad I got it on sale
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Truly for the YA audience I didn't mind this book, but it is definitely written for a the young adult audience and doesn't translate very well for an adult reader. It is written in a series of letters, which I enjoyed, and the narrator Charlie was a lovely and troubled young man who seemed to feel things more deeply than most. However, this book reads very young, and yet is disturbingly inapproprite in subject matter for most teen readers. Unlike "Fault in our Stars", which I loved, and which was geared to the YA market but reads well for all genres, this book has much more of an angsty-teen-drama vibe best suited to ages 15-18, and that's about it. I'm glad I read it. I may even see the movie. I'm troubled by the current teen experience as presented in this novel, and on that note, maybe parents of teenagers should give this a read for its insightful voice and commentary on high school in the 2010s.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something different. I always read books before I watch the movie and I kept seeing this one being recommended at various Chapter's. It is written from a really unique perspective. It isn't a novel in the sense of a story. It is written in a series of letters, which I thought I would hate, but I actually quite liked the honesty you got from them. The author was refreshing and honest. No Hollywood fluff. I quite liked this book and recommend it to anyone wanting a light read, but something a bit different.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was so much fun to read!
Date published: 2013-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Teenage Angst at Full Throttle This contemporary (mid 80/90s?) story of teenage angst with discovering oneself, follow Charlie's quest in getting through high school where he is book smart, but doesn't fit in. See how he meets his new friends and how he discovers love and friendship, as well as, his past and heartache. Heart-wrenching at times, regardless it is an entertaining read.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Not much to say about this little bookie. Its short, sweet and all the while very enjoyable. Even though Charlie is just a normal teenaged boy going through normal high school problems, his character makes the story unique. Charlie doesn’t really think like the normal high school kid, and I continued to read because of his perspective on life. One of my favourite quotes was from the beginning of the book: ‘We accept the love we think we deserve.’ It really meant a lot to me, and there were lots of meaningful quotes throughout the entire novel it was written beautifully. The reason it connects with so many people is because its about something we all have to go through in life; which is growing up. I liked the diary format for the book, and I there isn’t one thing that I could pick out about not liking about it. Some people may get bored when Charlie just talks about things that happened to him that weren’t so exciting, but I think its important that those are included because its his life – with the exciting and boring parts. I’ll give this a 3.5/5 I mean it wasn’t my favourite genre, but it was still worth the read. I likey. Chbosky doesn’t have his own website/blog but you can read more about him here Check out my blogger!
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for teeenagers I finally got to read the book after all the fuss I was hearing. It is good but not the best I have read. The characters are relatable, and a lot of problems that happen to teenagers during their school years are shown in this book. It's a fast read and keeps you wanting to find out what happens. I just feel something was missing, I was kind of expecting more since it's such a popular book and now a movie. I will watch the movie for sure, I just find the book might be for a younger public then me but still a good book.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! This book quickly became one of my all time favourites. I will surely read it again. Chbosky's characters are so relatable and he really gets down to the truth about growing up. This book brought me both tears and laughter. I truely love this story and would recommended it!
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My All-Time Favourites If you think the movie was great, then I have to say that the novel was twice as better. It really ties everything together, filling in holes from the movie. But I have to admit that the novel was a lot darker than the movie but it made much more sense. I really enjoyed my time reading this book and I do consider to be one of my favourite books of all-time!
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for teens! I didnt think that this book was 'amazing', and i didnt really understand what all the hype was about: yes, it as a VERY good book, and i enjoyed it very much. It was, though, sometimes hard to follow and slow. Overall, really good read, which all teens should read, and it is told through the eyes of, say, an underdog. Really good ending; even better book.
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I've read in eons This book is extremely moving. It is funny and a little embarrassing (very open with teenage sexuality) and yet very emotional. The book is written in a series of letters to an unknown recipient, to whom Charlie unashamedly writes anything and everything that he is feeling or doing. I read this book in a few days and feel that the impact of this story will stay with me very a long time. A must read.
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of those books you can't describe "Absolutely Great!" I actually originally discovered this book on the Chapters website. Although I had heard about it before I'd never really considered reading it until I read a review that called it overrated and nothing special. Of course that immediately sparked my interest and I decided I'd simply have to check out a copy from the library. I'm not really sure there is a way to describe this novel other than to quote john green and say "Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." I guess that pretty much sums up The Perks Of Being a Wallflower. It's funny though, after reading this from the library I knew that I'd need to actually buy the book so that I could pick it up every other day and let the beauty of the words fill my soul, but when I went to Chapters, they didn't have it. For the last two years it's kind of been a little game I'd play every time I'd go to a bookstore. "Do you by chance have the Perks of Being a Wallflower?" And they never did, no matter what shop I'd go to. And then hollywood made it into a movie and there's two or three displays per store. I guess that says something about society, but all I have to say is thank you Summit Entertainment, now I finally have a copy of one of the most beautiful novels ever written.
Date published: 2012-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So so beautiful Trying to write a review of this novel is going to be like trying to describe the indescribable. How can I aptly capture the weight in my heart, or the airy feeling I felt when it ended? It's impossible. I feel deeply moved by this novel, and that’s going to be hard to get across in words. I have wanted to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower for years. I kept putting it on my to-read list but never actually reading it. I ended up borrowing it from a family friend and I’ve had it on my shelf for almost two years and never read it (don’t worry, she knew it was there and said it was fine). Finally, once I realized how soon the movie was coming out, I picked it up and fell in love. Holy cow this book. This book was gorgeous. I love when I connect to a book, and I really did with Perks. Now, my life and situation are much different than Charlie’s but the way we think was extremely similar. See, I’m a thinker. I think about everything. It sometimes gets me into trouble, but I believe it can also let me see the subtle beauty in life. I often will be sitting in my car, look out at the people in vehicles beside me and wonder where they’re going. Everyone in those cars has a destination, a purpose, a place to be. Are they happy to be going there? Sad? I always wonder. Just like my mind is boggled by the shear amount people in the world. Each one of those people having parents, and lives, and goals, and secrets. I love to think about things like that, and it was amazing to hear Charlie speak of it too. I felt that wondering piece of my heart light up in joy. But I also liked that he was questioned for living in his head. That he needed to participate in life, not just imagine it. Perks was a beautiful coming-of-age tale. Charlie is a very innocent character, and it’s really refreshing. Not only that, he seems to maintain his innocence, or at least his hope in a brighter future, throughout the novel. He was just such a genuinely good person. He just wanted to see everyone be happy. I also loved his totally quirky, troubled friends Sam and Patrick. There was so much to them, lots that remains a mystery, which makes for a great couple of characters. I'm not usually a fan of letter formatting. It's a bit of a passive style of writing and, for me at least, I find it can lessen the impact of the story. Not in this case though. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, reading Charlie's letters was a true depiction of what was going on inside his head. It was Charlie pouring out his heart in ink and I don’t think the story could have been told any other way. I could probably go on about this book for a very long time, because I honestly just love it. It was a beautiful story, filled with gorgeous characters and haunting secrets. Read it. It will stun you too. - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book is really something special. People might say it's for girls, but everyone should get to experience this life changing book!
Date published: 2012-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it but didn't Loved it I really wish I could have loved this, but unfortunately, I just didn't. A number of factors could have played into this, including the fact that I did the whole "everyone I know loves this so it must be really good"-raising-the-expectation thing, and I think I just waited too long to read this one. I know I would have loved it if I read it in high school, but now, it was just kind of an enjoyable read. I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but not enough to fly through the pages. I liked Charlie. I thought he was a good kid, and I could see a lot of myself in him, specifically how observant he was just from being retrospective. There were things that he said that just really stuck with me. I would read a paragraph or a sentence and just stop and really think about it. He's a likeable kid who has a lot that he thinks about. I loved how he talked about how he was with his friends and finally felt like he belonged somewhere. I feel as though everyone goes through that at some point or another, and it's often a very defining moment. I think that part of why I didn't love this book was the format. I usually do not mind epistolary novels, but being that this was epistolary and told in the first person, I didn't see enough of the character development that I love (except for that of Charlie, obviously). Another thing that kept this from being four or five stars is that I felt as though Stephen Chbosky was trying too hard to make this an edgy, quirky, deep young adult read. Like I said earlier, there were definitely times when he would describe something and just take my breath away. But plot-wise, I felt like he was trying too hard. This wouldn't have bothered me as a teenager, I know, so maybe I'm just too old for this one? I don't want it to sound like I disliked this novel. I didn't. I enjoyed the time I spent reading it and thinking over what Charlie had to say about life. But I didn't love it like I was expecting to, so it was kind of disappointing.
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tugs on the strings of the heart Im late to the f*****g party with this book as I only heard about it a couple of weeks ago because of the upcoming movie....I try to stray away from fiction books and stick to bios/self help books/business books.... but as soon as I started to read the first letter Charlie wrote, I knew this book would be special.... Let alone that my last fiction book I read (and loved) was the Great Gatsby, it was only fitting to see Charlie read the book as well.. Most people wont grasp how much anguish and pain Charlie was going through because words can only describe so much... It touched me on a personal level as I felt what he felt and I know how much it can affect your daily life... I think everyone has felt what Charlie has felt at least once in their life... whether its feeling left out to wondering when a phone call would be coming... hit some soft spots for me. Its a great read and I recommend this to anyone looking to feel 'infinite'...... PS. Go on youtube and listen to the songs on the mixtape Charlie gave to Patrick... man..
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Continually Relatable After all of the hype leading up to the film, I decided that it was time to discover what all the excitement was about. My first thought when picking up the book was "Wow, this is thin." Thin it may be, but worth the read nonetheless. This novel captures the essence of what it is to be a teen. How drugs, love, lonliness, and other mishaps shape the way we become wellrounded adults. The main character, Charlie, narrates his story through a series of letters written to an unknown person he chooses to confide in. What does this say about the teenage mindset? In my opinion, it's screaming out the fact that teens are just looking for a trustworthy person to talk to about their emotions and adventures. We all need an outlet, and Charlie's is writing letters. The book elimniates boundies of location and time period, making it relatable to nearly anyone who reads it. I can almost guarantee that it will make a connection with you personally.
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The bible for teenage years I’m finally working through the books I’ve read but neglected to review, and this one comes in 15 months after. This has become the bible for teenage angst. I don’t say this with a negative connotation, but rather hold it in quite high esteem because of how so many teens have related to and found solace from its contents. Touching on various topics from fitting in, drug use, relationship abuse, and homosexuality, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is an intense, heavy read that cuts right into the heart for anyone who has had a similar experience going through high school. While I could empathize the motivations behind each character and understand the author’s intentions. I did not have such similar experiences growing up in a vastly different education system, culture and society. Besides, having read it beyond my teenage years, I cannot say it fully resonates with me. At times, with all its pop culture influence, and music and literary references, I even found it almost pretentious however apt it was. My generation's bible would probably be Sue Townsend's "The Diary of Adrian Mole," which has less of a depressing feel to its writing style and contents, indulging more in the dark British humour that I love. Having seen the movie adaptation that is being released in the coming weeks, I can say that it is a triumph as it deftly captures the mood and the message of Stephen Chbosky's work, the screenplay being written and film directed by he himself. It definitely is a great companion to the beloved book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is destined to become a contemporary classic, if it hasn't already achieved that status yet, because of how insightful it is to the pains of the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Chbosky lends this voice, Charlie's voice, as the reminder to teens that there can be, and will be, better days ahead.
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of My All-Time Favourites The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky explores the journey of growing up. This story is told through candid letters written by Charlie to an anonymous person. Charlie is easy to love. He is captivating while he attempts to understand many of his past and present experiences and the difference between thinking about life and actually living it. I really enjoyed how this book made me think so deeply about every day life. Although there are some inconsistencies in the main character’s behaviour in terms of his supposed intelligence, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a short but intense read that is highly recommended. The diversity of the experiences that Charlie has provide an emotional connection with almost any audience.
Date published: 2012-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simplistically Deep More reviews at The Perks of Being a Wallflower is pretty much about a boy named Charlie, and his experiences in high school - to put it simply. The first thing that struck me with this book was how utterly simplistic it was... Yet incredibly deep at the same time. What Charlie was saying was simple enough, and very straight forward, but it really made you sit there and think. Think about how others are fairing, what happened to get them there, why people act the way they do, amongst a million other things. In Charlie's case, the perks of being a wallflower is the ability to sit there and merely observe and take in all of this amazing detail about everyone surrounding him. The only thing is, while Charlie is meant to be 15-16 in the book, I didn't quite feel like he was nearly anywhere that old. He felt more like a 10 or 11 year old boy experiencing everything for the first time. Yet, this didn't really bother me. Considering that everyone was telling him that Charlie didn't really participate in anything, he probably was experience many of these things for the first time. I was also oddly jealous of all of the literature Charlie was plowing through during his school year... I mean, I would never have the tolerance for all those books. When I saw that his teacher gave him a copy of The Great Gatsby, I cringed. God, I really thought that book was boring. Chbosky's novel also has the ability to read really easily. And even though you don't really get to hear much from the characters that Charlie surrounds himself with, you still get a really good feel for who they are and what they stand for, which I think is really amazing. Even though there isn't much plot structure to Chbosy's book, I really didn't care. It was such an easy read and it flowed really nicely and I just loved the writing style. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one awesome, insightful book that I would recommend to anyone who's looking for a read that just sticks with them.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will never put this book down for good. This is my all-time favourite book. I am not one for reading books over and over again but I find that I keep coming back to it. The content of this book has touched me deeply on different levels. I find that every time I read this book, different, yet important parts stand out to me. I have now read the book 5 times and am sure I’ll be reading it again in the future. I first picked the book up in 2005 while I was at my cottage with a few friends. I was unaware of the books existence at the time and i believe that is one of the reasons I love it so much. Normally when I hear of books I am not compelled to read them. One very important quote from this book to me is “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite" on page 42. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as I find it is reassuring for some youth, and a reminder to adults that we are all here living our lives, continuously learning about ourselves.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book is a classic. I recommend it to every teenager. It was the first book that really got me interesting in reading for fun. It's highly recommended by everyone who reads it, and I completely agree that it's a must read. The storyline is easy to follow, and it brings up a lot of subjects that are popular to go through at the age group that it's aimed for. Even though it was written over a decade ago, it's easy to see that problems that teenagers have don't often change through generations.
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I have read this book about 5 or 6 times since I first discovered it a few years ago and I have to say it is one of the best books I ever read. Even though it was written in the 90's you feel as though it is happening in the here and now. By the end of the book you feel like you have made a new best friend out of Charlie. I could seriously go on for days about how amazing this book is but that would really do no good, so I suggest you read this book, and then read it again, and again.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely worth the read! Perks is a really well known book, but just lately has been getting the attention it deserves. I read it a long time ago, but every time I reread it, the story stays alive; it never loses emotion or fails to make you cry. I'm a big reader, and I found out about and read this book before it became as popular as it is right now. However, I know how it feels to read about a popular book and have high expectations. To those of you who often get disappointed with best-sellers- I assure you this won't disappoint! The story, characters, and language of the book are absolutely beautiful. This is the type of book that after the first read is a keep-to-yourself kind of book, but read it again and you will definitely want to share! I offer this book for borrowing to everyone who takes the time to look at my bookcase, and every time it's been returned, the reviews have been positive. Some found it entertaining, some found it emotional, and others found it wonderful. It's worth it, for sure.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "It's my favorite book, because it's the last one I've read" I normally don't write reviews here or anywhere, but I felt it necessary to go out of my way to speak about this amazing read. My best friend (a girl) read this book, and told me that the main character is almost exactly like me. Since she also compares me to 'Reed' on Criminal Minds, I thought she was being silly, but borrowed the book anyway. I was blown away, it's as simple as that. Everything from the incredibly traumatic event in his childhood to his love and understanding of English was spot on. I'm also small, have special defense training, think too much, am really shy, and basically have charlie's personality. I know this is hard to believe, but it's true. I cannot begin to describe our similarities. I'm not sure if Mr. Chbosky grew up the way Charlie and I did/are, but every detail is scarily accurate. Mr friend even managed to find some magnetic poetry to give me for Christmas. It's late now, as I was re-reading my favorite book, but I just wanted to let people know that this is far from unrealistic. I'm living it. Half the people reading this will think I'm being silly, or naive, or simply won't believe it, as words cannot accurately describe this situation. I hope you all read and appreciate this book knowing that it's basically a true story. Oh, I almost forgot, even though I think it's horribly obvious: I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites This book is definitely an amazing read. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. The book is written in the style of journal entries and they all talk about the everyday predicaments that go through a freshman high school boy. He is confused, loveable, and eager to find somewhere to belong. He eventually finds it among these graduate students who all participate in the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and are dating one another. The story is funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully well written. With a little of "The Catcher in the Rye" and all everyday situations we faced as teenagers, this book is easy to fall in love with.
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I thought that this book was very beautiful. I LOVED it. I literally couldn't put it down, and would stay up until 4am reading it. Just a very beautiful book. It made me cry, but in a good way. I would definately recommend this book! :)
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Edgy And Thought Provoking… NOT! I don’t understand the way people’s minds work. Everybody has been raving about this book for years. I finally decided to pick it up and was baffled by it. Why is this a popular book? Through the first part I thought Charlie had some kind of mental disability. The way he spoke reminded me of Forest Gump. One character had admitted that Charlie was the smartest person (or something along those lines) he’d ever met. Really? I laughed at some parts but overall I wasn’t really impressed. When the book was over all I thought was, “What the hell just happened?” Yes, it may have been a fast read, but it was still a waste of time. It really accomplished nothing. It was a piece of writing without a purpose. Just because it was different it doesn't mean it was good.
Date published: 2011-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really good book to relate to. Through the letters that Charlie writes, you can feel what he's going through. This book deals with a lot of different, "touchy" subjects and may not be suitable for everyone. All in all, it was a good book and Charlie is a very sweet character who evolves positively throughout the book as he deals with life's obstacles.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! What a read. What a fantastic book. I was originally drawn to this book becasue of Stephen Chbosky. I had read about him being a screenwriter, as with me currently studying film, I wanted to pick it up and give it a try. I certainly was not disappointed. This book deals with strong teen issues and I would not recommend this to anyone under 15 or so. I found that this book really dealt with thepsychosis of Charlie surrounding his issues, which really intrigued me. I really loved how Chbosky deals with teen issues by directly confronting them whereas most other books are more conformist in nature and tend to have the main character morally upright, or completely lacking a moral compass. Charlie is confused, moreso than your average teen, but the issues are real and so are the emotions.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I read this book based on all the great things I've heard about it...but the truth is, I didn't like it at all. The message in the book surprised me and I wasn't impressed. Instead of showing how to deal with being a teenager in a positive light, it shows the exact opposite. It is something that I will never read again or recommend to anyone. That's just my opinion though.
Date published: 2011-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Or the perks of being a doormat? I selected this book to read after the many positive reviews I saw on this site. Now I'm angry that I wasted my time on it. The writing was terrible and repetitive with it's rambling. The characters were flat and uninteresting. One part that annoyed me the most was when the teacher told Charlie he's the smartest person he knows. What?? After reading his thoughts and behaviours through his letters, he seems more like a 6-year-old than the 16 years he's supposed to be. He accepts everything he's told, does everything that is requested of him and has no personality of his own. He just molds himself to what other people tell him to be. Who would find that interesting to read? Maybe it's because I'm not IN high school and therefore am not the target audience of this book. Or maybe it's because I've actually read good books in my life. Or maybe it's the insulting comparison to Catcher in the Rye (great book) on the back cover. Maybe that's why I find this book so frustrating. Or maybe I'm just expecting too much from a publication of MTV books.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An exceptional book. Overall, i really enjoyed this novel. Learning about Charlie's daily ups and downs was completly entertaining, yet at times, sadly tradgic. I would recommend it to those who would enjoy a true to life story from a sincere point of view. On a side note, this book does contain some mature themes. Reader descretion is advised. Review by Jenna, Coles bookstore employee.
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! :) Basically, to be honest, I am not a big reader. In fact, if I did not have to read this for my English class, I probably would never have picked it up! Although I find most books rather boring, this was okay. I found that this was a book that really pulled on your emotions. Everyone should be able to understand what the protagonist, Charlie, felt because all those feelings are experienced by everyone and people can relate to it. Some parts of this book I could not relate to, but it was still quite interesting. A lot of the emotions, such as love and loneliness, are experienced by everyone and I think this book does a good job explaining it. This book also shows us most of the teen subjects like their parties, love, drugs and their sexuality. This book is set up as letters Charlie is sending to an unknown friend. I really like this because rather than reading per chapter, you are reading per letter. I also like it because I am the type of person who likes to listen to people. If you are a person who does not like listening to how other people feel, this book is definitely not for you because that is all this book is, a boy “venting out” to his friend. Reading about Charlie’s feelings and emotions was interesting for me because you could feel his emotions. When Charlie was happy, you would feel happy and when he was depressed, you could feel depressed. You could really understand how he felt like even if you never experienced what he went through. I would recommend this book to anyone that is in or finished high school. I do not think this book is good for young children as there are some obscene moments that children really should not be reading. I think older people, even adults with children, can read this book so that they can understand their teen more. Although not all teens act and think like Charlie, you can get the drift of what teens think and do through this book.
Date published: 2009-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! i thought the perks of being a wallflower was an excelent book. it let me see into the eyes of a teenager who was so different yet so simaler. i would concider reading it again. and i never re read books! i dont recoment it for teens 13 and under.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perks for perks. Fabulous, and very intriguing. The letter like writing style by stephen chbosky will suck you in instantianiously. I am willing to re-read this book over many times and it doesn't get old. :]
Date published: 2008-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great. A lot of the girls at school had read Perks of Being A Wallflower and so I had high expectations for the book. It had a great start and I was excited to read it, but then it got quite long and boring and I could not stand to read about some of the characters. I finished it though and it was an okay read, but not excellent.
Date published: 2008-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring. Well, I was super excited to buy this book, because I read so many reviews saying that it was really good. When I read this book though, I was very dissapointed. It was boring, and the characters weren't original, they were all so similar to other books. It wasn't the worst book ever, but I most certainly do not reccomend it.
Date published: 2008-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definately Not a Favorite I read this because I heard it was good, it wasn't. There were some parts that made me laugh out loud, but I found the writing a bit childish, and the grammar was terrible (which I let slide because it is supposed to be a diary type thing). I don't think it should be for 10-12's though, there was some things I wouldn't want my brother to read (drugs, mild sexuality, swearing). Overall it was okay but I wouldn't want to read it again, maybe it was because I'm not in the target audience (I'm 16) but it's not as good as I thought it would be.
Date published: 2008-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is by far the best book I've ever read. Charlie's character is like no other. His point of view, and way of thinking is unbelievable. Charlie looks at life completely differently than most people do, which makes the book so interesting. The fact that his letters seem as they are written to the reader, make it hard to stop reading them. Stephen Chblosky out did himself with this book. I would recommend it to anyone who doubts themself, or anyone who is undergoing struggle in their life.
Date published: 2007-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I can honestly say that 'The Perks of Being a Wallfower' was the best book I've read in awhile. I couldn't put it down, and as soon as I did, I just picked it up again. It is my favourite book so far, and it has opened me up to so many other books I would have never thought of. Five leafy things up!
Date published: 2007-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CHANGED HOW I THINK This Book is amazing! It made me cry countless times, and I will never forget the charcaters; I will never forget Charlie, Patrick Or Sam. Charlie's outlook on life is pretty much how I look at life. I guess I can really relate because I am a wallflower too in a way. The book just moved me and it has become my favorite. I really only wished there was a sequel.
Date published: 2007-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing. This book by far one of the best if read. It reminded me extremely of the catcher in the rye. If anybody is going though a difficult time, such as depression or something related, I strongly recommend you read this one sitting. It was so moving it changed me and helped me, I hope it can do that for others. In fact, I know it will.
Date published: 2007-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is a very good book, the storyline, the events and the characters are well developed in a way which I hadn't read until I had picked up this book. I've recomended this to many of my friends and they've either told me that it was really good, or really new for them, and I can't blame them, however, this is a wonderful coming of age story.
Date published: 2007-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Read of Your Life Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book on learning who you are in a world where everyone already has you defined. Charlie is an amazing boy in a normal family, in a normal life but all the important things pass him by until he learns who he is. After reading this book I discovered parts of myself I didn't know I had and took new risks in life. This book is for any teen, young adult or even an adult who is trying to figure out their place in life. Read it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I've never cried so much reading a book. It was simply amazing. Heartfelt and real. My favourite book as of right now. I seriously recommend this book to anyone. It doesn't matter what kind of book you like to read, this one is for everyone.
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An interesting view of teenage life. The Perks of Being a Wallflower book is mind boggling. Once you start to read it becomes impossible to put down. The book is a coming of age story of a young male teenager. The author was able to go in depth with the highlights and low times of a high school teenager. It is Charlie’s first year of high school and he is alone and he feels insecure. He is having trouble with his family and his socializing skills. The book is memorable and intense. The book pulls you in and it feels like you are living Charlie’s life. The book is unforgettable and it also has a twisted ending. Throughout the book you are walking on eggshells waiting to see what will happen next. The book is more geared towards young teenagers.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!:P I think this is my favorite book! Why? I think it's because its really down-to-earth! You can see the evolution of Charlie through his «teenage» phase. It's very good and a little bit philosophical. It's sooo good!
Date published: 2006-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. 'The Perks of being a Wallflower' is beautifully written. Charlie's letters to his unknown friend are written both gravely, and light. This book was strangely extraordinary, dark at times, and very informative of Charlie's feelings for Sam, Mary Elizebeth, Aunt Helen, and even his best friend's old girlfriend. Painfully honest, Charlie descibes in detail the problems of a 'no-problem' life, and what it's like to view things from the sidelines. Rather than participating in life, he closely examines people. Charlie's simple words left a big impact on me. I suggest this book to all.
Date published: 2006-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a uniquely written novel that allows the reader into the life of Charlie, a fifteen year old teenager struggling to find himself and make his way through high school. This book is a definite page turner that will allow you to feel happy, sad, and even infinite. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book!
Date published: 2006-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read This book was a great read from beginning to end; it gave a unique perspective into the life of a wallflower. The main character is Charlie and he is a teenager learning what it’s like it to live in high school. He quickly learns about sex, drugs and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Charlie learns to deal with new friends and family ordeals. Although we don’t know who Charlie is writing his very personal letters to, it gives you a very different but wonderful look into his life. Over all an excellent read from cover to cover.
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Left Speechless Just a beautiful book. Not to be cheesy, but reading it has changed the way I think. I now cherish those 'infinite' moments. Oh and download the mix tape he gave to Patrick, just as powerful as the book.
Date published: 2005-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Infinite. Wow. This book was absoloutly amazing. So touching. and Cheesy at the same time that I love it. It's a book that tells the ruth of what can really happen in life. Shows teens that we're not the only ones who fuck up in life. and leaves us with nothing alse to say except smarten the hell up. I love it. This book is personally my favourite. It should be a movie. Bcceause every word in that book gave me a picture in my mind. I love it :)
Date published: 2005-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really do feel infinite. Wow. Just wow. This was an AMAZING book. The best I've read in a very long time. Also, if you liked this, you'd probably like Please Don't Kill The Freshmen by Zoe Trope and Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger.
Date published: 2005-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed I was pretty skeptical at the begining... but it ended up a great book. its a great read...
Date published: 2005-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant my friend gave me this book to read last night. i did not put it down. it was amazing. and when i finishe dit i wanted more. it was brilliant. a great read, and i highly reccommend it.
Date published: 2005-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read! I just loved this book, I just couldn't put it down. My friend gave this quote We accept the love we think we deserve and i asked her what book that was in. So i borrowed the perks of being a wallflower . I am glad I read it, I would recomand this book to anyone.
Date published: 2005-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. I knew of so many people that read this book and I figured it would be the kind of book you'd read in your grade eleven english class, but it's far from it. Reading this book makes me feel a lot less alone, and it makes me feel every possible emotion at once. I know it's kind of sad to say that a book is more of your bestfriend than a human-being is, but this book feels whatever I feel. There isn't a single part in this book that I can't relate to. When I finished this book I felt speechless. I couldn't do anything but sit there and stare. I felt sad, also because I knew that was it and that Charlie had moved on. Everytime I read this book I always notice new reasons to love it.
Date published: 2005-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the perks of being a wallflower I would recomend this book to anyone, its full of teen issues and everything that teens go through. I could hardly put it down and im sure it'll be the same for you.
Date published: 2005-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <# this book was, in a word, intense. however, nothing i could write would ever possibly do this book justice.
Date published: 2005-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well Written The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an Amazing book.,most teens and most people would relate to this novel in some way. Charlie's fight within himself over being the center of the unfolding events or orbiting around them is what makes this book so easy to parallel to one's own life.
Date published: 2004-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from if there was ever a word.. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has to be the most moving book, i have never found such a book. there is so many ways to describe this book. i think anyone who feels alone, anyone who doesnt know how to deal with loving someone you can't have should read it. but anyone in general because everyone has been through something that is in this was sooo good. i have never felt such emotion towards a book..thnx for everything stephen chobosky.
Date published: 2004-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I would sugest it to any teen who feels alone in the world. I loved this book so much that I missed if after I was done.
Date published: 2004-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Well. There is much I would like to say about this book. But I think I'm gonna sum it up to..everyone should read it because I know you'll like it unless you have no mind. I think the number one reason I like this book is because it reminds me of a couple people. One in particular. And if he ever reads this [which I doubt he will] I just want him to know that I would miss him. That is all. &lt;3
Date published: 2004-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Relation I am sure that many of the readers, or the people who the readers know can relate or be related to this novel. It is a series of letters from Charlie, and even though you don't know where he lives, or any other simple form of knowledge about him, there is a strong connection between the two of you as if you have known each other for many years. As I am in grade 9 and turning 15, I can see the similarities that have been shown in this book. It is compelling and dramatic, the characters seem real, and the places feel like you have been there before. It is just one of those books.
Date published: 2004-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Saving One of the most significant books I have ever read. While I am a few years older than Charlie, his experiences in many ways mirrored my own and have helped me through a difficult time. It's reassuring to know that others have felt this saved my life. I have read the book everyday since I bought it. Everyone should read this book.
Date published: 2004-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Wow.... this b0ok seriously rocks my socks! I felt like I was Charlie, thats how great the writing was d0ne. I had to force myself to put it d0wn! so g0od...
Date published: 2004-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To feel free This book gave me an outlook on life i have yet to see, i am 11 and reading many good books, although i must say this is my favorite among all others, like its says on the book, this novel is poigant and gives me a feeling of being infinte. To read this book you should understand it. Its so intimate i feel like i am Charlie, or Sam, etc. it's written so well, i defnietly would read it again.
Date published: 2004-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book i picked up this book cuz of all the good reviews it got. i finished it on the same day i got it, its now my favourite book, everybody should read it, later.
Date published: 2003-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Words Can't Describe It's terribly hard to say what this book is. What it meens to me, is more then alot of people in my life. Anyone who's read this book can relate when i say that it honestly makes you feel infinite. It touches you on so many levels and tweaks with so many of your emotions, and makes you think about all the things that sit in the back of your mind. I'm not a reader, like i don't read books ever. Then a very good friend of mine said that it was important to her i read it, and i promised her i would. I don't regret it for a second. Hats off to Stephen Chbosky, if it were up to me this book would be read world wide by schools, and teachers, and parents. This book changed my life.
Date published: 2003-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really really good book Wow! I was reccomended this book by a friend. I figured it was just another 'run of the mill' story, but it was great! Through Charlie's letters you learn his true feelings and views on life. I especially enjoyed the 'diary' like format. Read it... buy it, find it, take it out from the library, because I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2000-11-22

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From Part One August 25, 1991 Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don't want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. Honest. I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist. I think you of all people would understand that because I think you of all people are alive and appreciate what that means. At least I hope you do because other people look to you for strength and friendship and it's that simple. At least that's what I've heard. So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be. I try to think of my family as a reason for me being this way, especially after my friend Michael stopped going to school one day last spring and we heard Mr. Vaughn's voice on the loudspeaker. "Boys and girls, I regret to inform you that one of our students has passed on. We will hold a memorial service for Michael Dobson during assembly this Friday." I don't know how news travels around school and why it is very often right. Maybe it was in the lunchroom. It's hard to remember. But Dave with the awkward glasses told us that Michael killed himself. His mom played bridge with one of Michael's neighbors and they heard the gunshot. I don't really remember much of what happened after that except that my older brother came to Mr. Vaughn's office in my middle school and told me to stop crying. Then, he put his arm on my shoulder and told me to get it out of my system before Dad came home. We then went to eat french fries at McDonald's and he taught me how to play pinball. He even made a joke that because of me he got to skip an afternoon of school and asked me if I wanted to help him work on his Camaro. I guess I was pretty messy because he never let me work on his Camaro before. At the guidance counselor sessions, they asked the few of us who actually liked Michael to say a few words. I think they were afraid that some of us would try to kill ourselves or something because they looked very tense and one of them kept touching his beard. Bridget who is crazy said that sometimes she thought about suicide when commercials come on during TV. She was sincere and this puzzled the guidance counselors. Carl who is nice to everyone said that he felt very sad, but could never kill himself because it is a sin. This one guidance counselor went through the whole group and finally came to me. "What do you think, Charlie?" What was so strange about this was the fact that I had never met this man because he was a "specialist" and he knew my name even though I wasn't wearing a name tag like they do in open house. "Well, I think that Michael was a nice guy and I don't understand why he did it. As much as I feel sad, I think that not knowing is what really bothers me." I just reread that and it doesn't sound like how I talk. Especially in that office because I was crying still. I never did stop crying. The counselor said that he suspected that Michael had "problems at home" and didn't feel like he had anyone to talk to. That's maybe why he felt all alone and killed himself. Then, I started screaming at the guidance counselor that Michael could have talked to me. And I started crying even harder. He tried to calm me down by saying that he meant an adult like a teacher or a guidance counselor. But it didn't work and eventually my brother came by the middle school in his Camaro to pick me up. For the rest of the school year, the teachers treated me different and gave me better grades even though I didn't get any smarter. To tell you the truth, I think I made them all nervous. Michael's funeral was strange because his father didn't cry. And three months later he left Michael's mom. At least according to Dave at lunchtime. I think about it sometimes. I wonder what went on in Michael's house around dinner and TV shows. Michael never left a note or at least his parents didn't let anyone see it. Maybe it was "problems at home." I wish I knew. It might make me miss him more clearly. It might have made sad sense. One thing I do know is that it makes me wonder if I have "problems at home" but it seems to me that a lot of other people have it a lot worse. Like when my sister's first boyfriend started going around with another girl and my sister cried for the whole weekend. My dad said, "There are other people who have it a lot worse." And my mom was quiet. And that was that. A month later, my sister met another boy and started playing happy records again. And my dad kept working. And my mom kept sweeping. And my brother kept fixing his Camaro. That is, until he left for college at the beginning of the summer. He's playing football for Penn State but he needed the summer to get his grades right to play football. I don't think that there is a favorite kid in our family. There are three of us and I am the youngest. My brother is the oldest. He is a very good football player and likes his car. My sister is very pretty and mean to boys and she is in the middle. I get straight A's now like my sister and that is why they leave me alone. My mom cries a lot during TV programs. My dad works a lot and is an honest man. My Aunt Helen used to say that my dad was going to be too proud to have a midlife crisis. It took me until around now to understand what she meant by that because he just turned forty and nothing has changed. My Aunt Helen was my favorite person in the whole world. She was my mom's sister. She got straight A's when she was a teenager and she used to give me books to read. My father said that the books were a little too old for me, but I liked them so he just shrugged and let me read. My Aunt Helen lived with the family for the last few years of her life because something very bad happened to her. Nobody would tell me what happened then even though I always wanted to know. When I was around seven, I stopped asking about it because I kept asking like kids always do and my Aunt Helen started crying very hard. That's when my dad slapped me, saying, "You're hurting your aunt Helen's feelings!" I didn't want to do that, so I stopped. Aunt Helen told my father not to hit me in front of her ever again and my father said this was his house and he would do what he wanted and my mom was quiet and so were my brother and sister. I don't remember much more than that because I started crying really hard and after a while my dad had my mom take me to my room. It wasn't until much later that my mom had a few glasses of white wine and told me what happened to her sister. Some people really do have it a lot worse than I do. They really do. I should probably go to sleep now. It's very late. I don't know why I wrote a lot of this down for you to read. The reason I wrote this letter is because I start high school tomorrow and I am really afraid of going. Love always, Charlie September 7, 1991 Dear friend, I do not like high school. The cafeteria is called the "Nutrition Center," which is strange. There is this one girl in my advanced english class named Susan. In middle school, Susan was very fun to be around. She liked movies, and her brother Frank made her tapes of this great music that she shared with us. But over the summer she had her braces taken off, and she got a little taller and prettier and grew breasts. Now, she acts a lot dumber in the hallways, especially when boys are around. And I think it's sad because Susan doesn't look as happy. To tell you the truth, she doesn't like to admit she's in the advanced english class, and she doesn't like to say "hi" to me in the hall anymore. When Susan was at the guidance counselor meeting about Michael, she said that Michael once told her that she was the prettiest girl in the whole world, braces and all. Then, he asked her to "go with him," which was a big deal at any school. They call it "going out" in high school. And they kissed and talked about movies, and she missed him terribly because he was her best friend. It's funny, too, because boys and girls normally weren't best friends around my school. But Michael and Susan were. Kind of like my Aunt Helen and me. I'm sorry. "My Aunt Helen and I." That's one thing I learned this week. That and more consistent punctuation. I keep quiet most of the time, and only one kid named Sean really seemed to notice me. He waited for me after gym class and said really immature things like how he was going to give me a "swirlie," which is where someone sticks your head in the toilet and flushes to make your hair swirl around. He seemed pretty unhappy as well, and I told him so. Then, he got mad and started hitting me, and I just did the things my brother taught me to do. My brother is a very good fighter. "Go for the knees, throat, and eyes." And I did. And I really hurt Sean. And then I started crying. And my sister had to leave her senior honors class and drive me home. I got called to Mr. Small's office, but I didn't get suspended or anything because a kid told Mr. Small the truth about the fight. "Sean started it. It was self-defense." And it was. I just don't understand why Sean wanted to hurt me. I didn't do anything to him. I am very small. That's true. But I guess Sean didn't know I could fight. The truth is I could have hurt him a lot worse. And maybe I should have. I thought I might have to if he came after the kid who told Mr. Small the truth, but Sean never did go after him. So, everything was forgotten. Some kids look at me strange in the hallways because I don't decorate my locker, and I'm the one who beat up Sean and couldn't stop crying after he did it. I guess I'm pretty emotional. It has been very lonely because my sister is busy being the oldest one in our family. My brother is busy being a football player at Penn State. After the training camp, his coach said that he was second string and that when he starts learning the system, he will be first string. My dad really hopes he will make it to the pros and play for the Steelers. My mom is just glad he gets to go to college for free because my sister doesn't play football, and there wouldn't be enough money to send both of them. That's why she wants me to keep working hard, so I'll get an academic scholarship. So, that's what I'm doing until I meet a friend here. I was hoping that the kid who told the truth could become a friend of mine, but I think he was just being a good guy by telling. Love always, Charlie Copyright © 1999 by Stephen Chbosky

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Discussion Questions 1. Why do you think Charlie wants to remain anonymous? Have there been times when you wish you could have, or did? 2. Would you be friends with Charlie? Why or why not? 3. What do we learn about Michael? Do you sympathize with Charlie's reaction? 4. What do you think about Susan's relationship with her boyfriend? When Charlie tells Bill, did you think Bill would call his parents? Do you think that was the right thing to do? What do you think of her parent's reaction? 5. Discuss Charlie's reaction to his brother and sister throwing a party. What did you think about the couple in his room? What about Charlie's response? 6. What do you think being a wallflower is? Do you agree with Bob's definition? 7. How do you feel about Patrick and Brad's relationship? Do you think Patrick is understanding of Brad's feelings? What chance at a relationship do they have? Do you think that you can have a 'true' relationship built on secrets? 8. Charlie mentions that his dad "had glory days once." What do you think Charlie's glory days will be? Do you think he is worried about not having any? 9. Discuss Charlie's family holidays. Are there elements that are universal to every family dynamic? Has anything about Charlie's family surprised you? Describe aunt Helen. What kind of person is she? 10. Talk about the mixed tapes in the story. Are you familiar with the songs and bands? Why do you think Charlie speaks about them so often? 11. Do you like that the story is told through letters? Do you feel you know the kind of person Charlie is? His friends and family? 12. Several important issues come up during the course of the book, ranging from molestation to drug use. How does Charlie deal with these? How have the issues affected his friends and family? 13. Charlie has a few breakdowns. Do you feel hopeful for him? How much of his past explains his present? 14. Charlie's friends are moving away at the end of the story. Where does this leave Charlie? Can he make new friends? 15. Bill is very supportive of Charlie. How does this affect Charlie?

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Megan, age 15, Charlottetown, PEICharlie is a wallflower. He's the boy who quietly observes life and the people around him without anyone noticing. Charlie is the main character in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, a poignant novel about discovering yourself and dealing with the struggles of growing up. Charlie is very shy and painfully passive. Ever since his best friend committed suicide in the eighth grade he hasn't had any real friends. Then he meets Patrick and Samantha, a brother and sister who are seniors at Charlie's high school. The three become best friends and Patrick and Sam introduce Charlie to a teenager's world of music, drugs, first crushes and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.Charlie's truthful narrative throughout the book is full of emotion and his quirky observations. His clever explanations of his life at home and at school will make you laugh or bring tears to your eyes. The words are simple, yet his story is extremely powerful and heart wrenching. The story is told through letters written by Charlie and addressed to an unidentified friend, which makes it seem like he's writing the letters to the reader. You get an intimate look at the struggles of a vulnerable young boy feeling the pain of growing up, but enjoying those rare moments when a simple radio song is all it takes to make you feel infinite.