The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

byStephen Chbosky

Paperback | February 1, 1999

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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.
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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Title:The Perks of Being a WallflowerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Mtv BooksLanguage:English

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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Ever since I read this book I loved it. Everything about it is truly amazing, and so is the movie! If you haven't read this, please do - you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This book allows you to open your mind to different perspectives.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! It really is an amazing read! The book allows you to consider things from a perspective you may have not being able to before
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was ok I personally didn't like this book because it dealt with a lot of heavy topics but I think that people should read it to think about what other people might be going through.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourites! this book is an amazing book to read, especially if you're a teen. made me appreciate life (and songs) much more.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. If I ever have a bad day this is the book I pick up even after many, many years. This is one of those books that reminds me that everything can be okay in the world. Its a short easy read and I would recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Read! Easily one of my favourite books, it is very different from any other young adult reads. It's quite eye opening and a tear-jerker.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It Makes me cry every time. Very relatable and not overdone.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book seriously the most eye opening book ever! its changed a lot about how i look at things in life, defiantly recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read I really enjoyed this book. It is a entertaining and easy read.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Teen Read I have, for many years, called this book my favourite, and one that is important to read. As it blew up, many people deem it overrated, and I think the film plays a role in that. I first read this book at 12 years old, and I didn't understand it. I re-read it at 15 and I completely fell in love. Now, at 19 years old, every time I pick it up again for a quick read, I discover something I didn't before, which adds a layer of it's dept and significance. Superficially, the story is about some loner kid, who clearly struggles with mental health issues, who makes friends and grows. At a better glance, this story is about so much more. It touches on themes of the effects of childhood rape, trauma, depression, anxiety, sexuality, drugs, family, school, guilt, and other elements that Charlie has to figure out how to deal with. His traumatic past effects his relationships with others, plus being in the middle of teen culture at school is something he truly struggles with. It makes you sympathize with him; Charlie is a child who doesn't really understand what's wrong with him, or what happened to him, and he's surrounded by the messed-up realties of being a teenager, which act as a catalyst into his final hospital stay at the end of the book. Its not just a depressingly sad story, but it's heart-wrenching, and difficult. Its probably one of the most important books you can read once you get into that same teen culture in high school yourself, because that's when its most relatable and effecting.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good Loved this book, such a relatable story! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE BOOK This book is my absolute favourite. 10/10
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still My Favourite My favourite book since I was 13. It is a must-read for everyone!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! This book was a gift to me from my best friend and little did I know, this would become my favourite book. It's the only book I've been comfortable marking up.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Pillar Coming of Age Tale Though I am not sure if it would hold up as well now, I read this book multiple times as a teenager and loved it. It seemed to give a new perspective on my own situation each time I reread it. It has been quite some time since my last read, but I would definitely recommend it to any teen navigating those tumultuous formative years.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This is a book that can definitely get you thinking. It is dry in places and a little slow in others but for someone looking for something different from the mundane romance or action packed thrillers this is not a bad choice.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i really enjoyed this book I read this a few years back and i remember it keeping me up into the night just because i could not put it down. i finished this book in under a day. This book showed exactly what it is like to grow up not having many friends and not really understanding how to be socially acceptable. I was able to relate very well to this book as i have always had a hard time fitting in.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story Very good on giving you a new perspective
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just okay Love the story but didn't really like the writing style
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favorite book in the world i will never stop loving this book. i always re-read it and never get tired of it. Charlie had all these thoughts about others, and spent his time concerning himself with their thoughts and concerns, letting their troubles become his. It was a beautiful book from beginning to end. Even other characters like sam and pat were perfectly captured. Their struggles were understood and took immense effect on the reader without taking the main attention of the book off of charlie. A few reviews have said how he is supposed to be smart, but talks as if hes stupid, i think that he really is brilliant, but you have to have been in charlies shoes to understand why it is he is thinking the way he does, or why he chose to be a wallflower for so long.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmm. I liked the book, read it in about a day, but it seemed kind of....pointless? There was no real depth to it from what I can remember just like the film. I think it's a little too over hyped but I still enjoyed it for the most part.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from confused ? I still don't know if I really loved the book or if the story is just plain vain. But give it a try, it definetily triggers something in you.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! This book will always be one of my favourites. I enjoyed Charlie's character and I enjoyed seeing his relationships build and going through his journey with him. One of the only books that can actually make me cry, and that's when you know it's a good read!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Quirky, witty, beautiful. A story that embraces the outcast in all of us.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing One of the best book purchases I have ever made! It is a fantastic coming of age novel that shares an insightful thought into the mind of Charlie. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages! Loved it!
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have I bought this book years ago and keeps on reading it every christmas. I completely love it every single time. There are a lot of things that happened in the book and not seen in the movie. I would totally recommend for everyone to read this book.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Must have for every teen and adult alike
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read A must read for any Young Adult. I feel like this novel is best appreciated from age 15-20.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Good book that every teenager should read.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous and Heart-Wrenching This book is one of my favourites of all-time. It will make you cry, and cry, and cry. The writing style is exquisite and the story really speaks to people who don't quite feel perfect. Please, do yourself a favour: read it.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful This book ruined and saved my life.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great It's a great coming of age story, especially for the kids who never felt like they fit in with their peers.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my favourite books this is by far one of the best written books i've ever read
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book explores growing up! I really connected with main character Charlie!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perks of Being A Wallflower It can be emotionally challenging, but there are heartwarming elements to it as well, and plenty of mentions of other books which always appeals to me. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK This book was alright. I didn't love it or hate it, for me it was just kinda meh. The middle part was really slow and there are some really sad/weird scenes that were disturbing. Overall, it kept me reading until the end to find out the plot which is always a good thing with me. But it also wasn't that memorable and I had to read a few reviews to remember what it was about. It was interesting to see Charlie's perspective on the world and the relationships with his family and friends were very well written (and basically what kept me reading).
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Afternoon Read This book was so great I could not put it down. I will say that the ending was a little shocking and confusing. I am sure that the author foreshadowed the plot "twist" at some point in the book, but I missed it and felt that the ending was a little strange.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captures What it's Like to Be a Teenager I have read a lot of criticism about this book (much of it deserved), and some intense praise (much of it also deserved). I enjoyed this book because I took it for what it was - what it's like to be a teenager through the eyes of one (very special) guy. Do parts of the story seem unrealistic? Yes. Are there perhaps too many huge issues brought up, and then not properly addressed? Yes. But I don't think this book was trying to delve into deep issues - just acknowledge that they exist for teenagers like they do for adults. The writing is simplistic and engaging, and Charlie makes an interesting narrator. I recommend it for anyone who is (or has been) a teenager.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a Bad Book It's not a bad book. I wasn't crazy about the writing style, or the fifteen-year old narrator who acted more like an 8 year-old and cried about everything, but it started to grow on me. It brought me back to the hazy hopelessness of highschool, and also the excitement for the future and how big and scary the world beyond it felt. I can understand why so many people love and cherish it. At another time in my life I probably would have too.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow. I recently read this book and had a hard time staying away from it. It definitely taught me a thing or two about life and is incredibly well-written.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved reading about the struggles Charlie faced while growing up
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing This is one of my favorite books. I found it so touching, truly a beautifully written book. I really wished I had stumbled upon it a few years earlier during high school.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope.... Well I did not expect this when I read it. It was actually kinda disappointing...
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An all-time favourite I've always wanted to read this book and now I'm so happy that I did! This novel is touching, provocative, and the themes explored are important ones we don't always talk about in life when maybe we should. The characters were all so true and beautiful that I could relate to a small part of everyone of them. Overall, what I like the most is that the story was told from an interesting point of view and it wasn't sugar-coated.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Thought Provoking and Beautiful. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever written This book. It's the best. It makes you think and has a lot of important values to it. It makes you realize how important friends and family are. Everyone should read this book!
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A quick read I think this book is very overhyped, not just the book but the film as well. It started on a high note but despite the short length it felt hard to remain engaged in the story. I'm not a fan of the writing style of this book. I think it was supposed to be in a diary format or something.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS I absolutely LOVED this book. I love the way it was written in letters. I loved the characters. I loved everything. Absolutely lovely.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bag of chex mix I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed how the book sucked you in and you feel apart of the story and really emotionally invested in the plot. However, there were a few instances where I was not as taken in by the storyline/characters. First, Charlie is an interesting protagonist but I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out his motivation as a character, rather than being invested in his story. Second, I felt the story came to an abrupt end. The final details were captivating, but I felt that they were such important details that were a little glossed over at the end. Nevertheless, I was disappointed when the story came to a close.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! I absolutely love this book. It will always be one of my all-time favourites. There is something very real about the characters and plot in Perks of Being A Wallflower. Bonus: this was what drew me to listen to the band, The Smiths.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It keeps you reading The pace was good and the story was interesting. I found it underwhelming in comparison to the hype and attention it received, but it was still an entertaining read that was, at times, thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dear Reader, It was quite fascinating and I wish he had written more letters to me.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Gifting Book I got this book with a gift card bewstowed upon me by a dear friend in my early teens. I remember the day with startling clarity: the day I found my favourite book. A map to my soul. I gift this book to everyone. Even if they don't read the whole thing, I hope they at least reach page 25 which has an important lesson about love.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect read i find this book is incredibly written the way it is done in like letters format makes it such a quick and easy read and is really catchy. the story itself is exceptional. it is the perfect read for those in high school. it shows just how hard it can be to feel like you belong to something and want to fit in. i know the story itself is more than that but theres parts of it that are so easy to relate to.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For The One In Need I really needed this book during the time I was reading. I literally sighed out loud and said thank you to Charlie once I read the last line. It's obvious to me that him addressing Dear Friend had to be the reader. I'm sure many readers will appreciate this, and I would have re-read it the moment I finished, but alas, I had (and still have) other books to get to, even some to re-read.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does not live up to the hype I'll admit I had very high expectations going into this book. i was expecting brilliance and that's not what I got. I feel like this was a case of an author thinking, now how many issues can I fit in one book and sat down to write it. I can see that that was maybe the point of it and it was an expose on the differences kids face growing up but everything happening around one kid and dealt with so casually is unbelievable, to me it just felt like it was trying to hard to be something great and it wasn't. I really liked Charlie and there was some brilliant life lessons along the way and some humorous parts but this was no great piece of literature. This story is an example if how they teach you not to write. I get it was a teenage boy writing letters, but thats what made it so difficult to actually get lost in the story. This was being told the story and not shown it. Also when talking about movies and books in the novel you were expected to know what the story was about and some I had never read or watched but maybe that was just me who found that awkward. I do believe the story has merit and the author has some great thoughts.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Novel ever read and made me cry yet cannot stop loving it Charlie's story in the novel moved me, since I can feel his state being someone who has aspergers and quite difficult to handle the emotions and feelings with it when he is around people, and especially his love for Sam, oh Boy! it's an amazing one read I enjoy doing <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 16 year old self loved it I read this book in high school and felt a connection to the story and characters. I haven't read it since so I'm not sure how my experience would be reading it as an adult.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick, easy read Bought this book quite a while ago, enjoyed reading it. Interesting writing style and format. Enjoyed that it was a nice quick read.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Amazing Book I don't think I've read a book that really interested me this much! I loved every minute of it.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from timeless tale at first, i was sceptical of this book, because of all the hype and praise that surrounded it. when first opening it up to give it a shot i came to the realisation that it was written in the form of letters. personally i am not a big fan of epistolary books, but this coming of age novel is short and sweet. i love the characters, however the format of the book itself somewhat bothers me.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't love it Didn't love reading this one. The main character was too whiny for me. I didn't particularly like or care for the movie either.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A fast, fun, re-latable read.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I've read this book many times and enjoy it every time! I've recommended it to so many friends and they've loved it too!
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic and touching I read this before the movie is coming out (so long ago!) because I heard so many positive reviews about it and loved it! Really loved this one. The real life characters, the beautiful writing and the important topics discussed were pleasant to read. It's not just YA, it's relatable and the plot will captivate you as well as the highly interesting and complex characters. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book gave me some real feels!! I deffff recommend. I bought this book a while ago and I had it sitting on my shelf and I finally got around to it. It was beautiful.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from enjoyable I read the book the summer before high school, as I previously read I should do. As to why, I still don't know, but I enjoyed the book. It was a fast and easy read.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Did not enjoy this book and I felt like there was no point
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my go-to books One of my favourite books of all time. I read it years ago and loved it and decided to pick it up again to see if it still held it's value. Sure enough, i loved it just the same
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I read this book a few years ago, after all the hype about it. And I did like it, but I didn't get what all the hype was about at all. The main character is an interesting one and my favourite part was probably just reading from his perspective since it was so different. I didn't like the ending though and it almost felt like nothing REALLY happened throughout the entire book. It was okay, but honestly, I wouldn't recommend it unless you're just really curious about it.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but... I liked this but not as much as I expected to. I think this is due to the fact that I read this as an adult whereas the book is geared to teens "coming of age". My biggest issue was how the story was written; it was rather simple. Again, this is probably because the book is geared for teens. I do like how the book/author deals with many of the issues that teens face: depression, suicide, alcoholism, masturbation etc. I think if I had read this as a teen, it would've had a bigger impact on me. I'd recommend this book to 12-20 year olds.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay book This book was okay, but I don't think it lived up to all the hype.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay book This book was okay, but I don't think it lived up to all the hype.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! Without a doubt my favourite book so far. Such a beautiful story
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cult Classic for a reason Great and provocative story !
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing On my top 5 of favorite books
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the best Only managed to get through half the book before I got too bored and just quit. never finished it so i can,t give a full review but i just found it boring
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is an okay book This book was okay, but I found it boring.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Ever There has never been a book that has affected me more than this one. Long after I finished reading, it has been stuck in my mind. I've read it several times since, and I've even used it in my English class as a high school teacher. I think this is quintessential reading for any kid growing up in their teenage years as it gives them something to relate to through the main character Charlie.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Teen Angst This book is one of my all time favourite novels. It is edgy without over-romanticizing. It was just perfect and very refreshing. While I read this for the first time in High School I still find myself re-reading it 10 years later. THIS is what High School is really like!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book. Although it started out as a school project, this book was one that I enjoyed. It's a great read, maybe a bit slow but still one I'd recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshingly beautiful! This book is one of my all time favourite novels. It is edgy without over-romanticizing. It was just perfect and very refreshing. This is a coming of age story that everyone should read.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I remember reading this in high school. So relatable.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life changing One of my all time favourite books. I've re-read it over 5 times and it still has not gotten old
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This book left me speechless. Just read it. You'll understand.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is one of my all time favourites!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real This story gave me a slice of reality I needed. I loved this book. It's a coming of age story that everyone needs to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from favourite book of all times love love love.... I also find myself rereading this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, Unforgettable and memorable. This book is amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Amazing characters and a forceful story. This book makes you feel like your in high school all over again.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book!! I've read this book 4 times and I would read it a 5th! It was really good and I recommend it to anybody who wants to read something new and different!
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted to Love it because of the cast... I had seen this book many times while browsing book shelves but never felt compelled enough to actually read it. However, when it got picked up for the big screen and read the cast list (Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, hello?!) I though there was no way this book sucks. And it didn't. The book was though provoking and edgy (though I've read a few reviews that will disagree) but it was scattered and confusing. I will never be disappointed that I read a book, but when I finally did see the movie I was glad that I had read the book as well. It helped me piece together what I didn't grasp from the words. I wouldn't say its a "must-read" but I do think it's a good discussion about mental-illness and a great resource for those looking for inspiration to talk to someone.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overrated book I found this book was decent, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lost Art of Writing Letters We may never find out who Charlie's "friend" is, but the use of letter writing in this novel is well done and unique compared to its contemporaries. Additionally, the anonymity of his corespondent adds an air of mystery to the already layered narrative. There are many things that are never explicitly explained or said outright, but that are clearly full narratives in and of themselves. The story of Charlie's "friend" is one of them, and is perhaps the most in-your-face yet overlooked mystery of them all. While some may complain that the vagueness of these sub-narratives is frustrating (whether they believe that because they want the full story or because they feel that it detracts from the main plot), I believe that it adds a sense of realism to a very surreal story. There is no way to capture an entire life in the pages of a novel, only ever parts of it with other parts occasionally peeking through.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it read this years ago and looking forward to reading it again.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It's not my favourite book but because it can be considered a small book I was able to get through it. The story is nothing special but it is worth the read because it deals with important topics.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read! There are very few books that I would classify as "must-reads". This is definitely one of them. It is easy to read and yet so complex.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book Once I watched the film adaption, I knew I needed to read this novel. The storyline is great and I love the characters. I absolutely loved the book and definitely have already recommended it to friends!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I thought this was incredible and I want to re-read it again and again
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I absolutely adore this book. I read it during my grade 13 year in highschool for English class. I wasn't really expecting much because I don't have a good track record of liking English books. This book surprised me so much, I loved everything about it. I feel like it would be pretty easy to relate to for most people and I agree with everyone that has said its a modern day classic
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book!!! What an amazing book - a great quick read!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A modern-day classic What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? The protagonist has a touching, raw, sensitive voice and although this book does touch on a lot of issues (a little more than it can do full justice to, I'll admit), I find his experience rings true: high school is often a matter of dealing with a lot of things all at once, especially when you care so much about the people around you. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I loved this book and I loved this movie!
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourite Books! I love this book. It's an honest portrayal of a teenager told beautifully through letters. The story and characters are engaging and raw. This is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've read.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This is a coming of age story - it was very quirky and different tackled many mental health issues and abuse problems. - there felt like there could have been way more to uncover but then again for some it might have been just enough.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic. I enjoyed this quick read and I loved the characters! Now to see the movie.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Easy to get through and straight to the point. Shows the real lives of teens without all of the glamour.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It I decided to read this book when the hype over the movie came out. I could not for the life of me like this book at all. I tried really hard to appreciate the down to earth tone and whatnot, but I couldn't. Everything that happened in this book felt forced and incorporated just to be incorporated. Drugs? got it. Sex? Got it. Outcasts? Got it. Too much content stuffed into too little of a book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I highly recommend this book! this book was a great coming of age story and I really enjoyed the overall vibe of it from start to finished.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book One of my favourites! A quick read and a great coming of age story
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I read this book in class as a book club novel and I made many connections and wrote other reading strategies based on this. It was great.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great High school sucks. This coming-of-age novel really underlines that in a hilarious and sad way. Every kid entering high school should read Perks. A constant read for me. Love it.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great coming of age i loved this book! it was beautifully written and the storyline was intreguing. will definately read more than once.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great coming of age story, one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book i first watched the movie for this book and loved it, and once i got the book i decided it was my favourite story. it is such a good read and i recommend giving it a read!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will ALWAYS love this book This is honestly one of the best books you will ever read. I can read it over and over again and love it just as much each time, and I never get bored. An easy read, not long at all. Definitely a book you should add to your collection.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite Moving, heavy, and a blatant look inside young culture. No sugar coating, no toning things down. I love the characters and the events. Read it for the first time when I was 14 and got a bit freaked out. Reread it years later and adored it.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fabulous read This is such a wonderful book. If only they hadn't turned it into a movie... Not that the movie was bad, but it just took away from how great a read this book is. Give it a read!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fine was okay but i can't pretend i cared about anything other than the gay characters
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kind of overrated Although it was a good story, and something you should read sometime in your life, I felt like it was unrelatable, which made it a not-so-great book to me.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless classic Though The Perks of Being a Wallflower came out nearly 20 years ago, I still can't get enough of this book and read it at least once a year. A journey of growing up that makes you think and feel.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I loved this book so much. An all-time favourite.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Good This may be a short book, but it will take you either a lot of time or a lot of emotions to get through it. I tend to recoil from books that are hyped up, and perhaps that's why I didn't adore it, but a thoroughly good book. Very real, very sad, and very good.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story I enjoyed reading the point of view of a wallflower!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book This book is beautifully written. I have read it three times and still would read it again and again. The story is great, the characters are relate-able and the letter-format is incredible. PS if you liked the book, go see the movie! It's great.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must. Read. A heartbreaking and truthful story about being a teenager.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay some good quotes to live by
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Faves A coming of age novel that throws a twist of mental health in there too. The backstory behind Charlie's uniqueness is what hooked me from the beginning. It's edgy and in my opinion worth the hype. Also a fast read :)
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over hyped tbh It's a short book but it sort of drags on. Not a lot happens
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Much better than the movie! I loved the style in which it was written
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This is a great coming of age book for teens!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Good for teens and is relatable
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's a classic. It's a classic coming of age story. When you're 15, this book just gets you. It understands how you feel so disconnected from everyone/everything because you're trying to work through all these interpersonal issues that no matter how hard you try, you can't fit in, nor do you stand out. You simply blend into the background. It helps. You're not alone.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow That's all I can really say. Wow. This book left me speechless.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite Book This book changed my life. So much feeling, such good writing, and such a nice story. I enjoyed every single page, and read it a few times. I recommend it to EVERYONE.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking Wonderfully written and will leave you with a lasting impression. You have to look between the words and read multiple times in order to fully grasp it.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the book I bought is a couple weeks ago and have read it 3 times!!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent The characters were authentic and real.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite I think it's best to go into this story not really expecting much. I really loved it. It's beautiful. I really want to reread it again because y problem is i always remember the movie over the book so details are lost. A lot of people say that this is a special case where the movie is better than the book, but i disagree. I'd definitely recommend book>movie.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Relevant If you read this and understand the deeper meaning behind Charlie and his story, it an absolutely beautiful and relevant piece. Charlie is someone we can all relate to, in more ways than one.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read and reflect The book can be a bit dull in the middle. But you shouldn't just take it at face value. When the whole story comes together at the end it'll make you rethink everything you just read and why the characters in the story, however irritating or unlikable you may have found them, acted the way they did. Thought provoking read if you take the time to reflect.
Date published: 2017-01-21
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

Read from the Book

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

Bookclub Guide

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.