The Perks of Being a Wallflower

byStephen Chbosky

Paperback | February 1, 1999

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Megan, age 15, Charlottetown, PEI

Charlie 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.

Title:The Perks of Being a WallflowerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 7 X 5 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:224 pages, 7 X 5 X 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: All ages

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