The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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 The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant ?wallflower? Charlie as he cha...

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Title:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author:Stephen Chbosky
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:213 pages pages

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

  • Madeline
    Mar 27, 2015
    Not for the first time, I find myself reading a book about ten years too late and being utterly incapable of connecting with it on any level. Someone probably should have made me read this when I was in high school, and I most likely would have reviewed it more favorably - then again, ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 15, 2007
    As much as people say it, this really is one of my favorite books of all time. MTV promoted it, it got a lot of press, so many people shun it and say it is overrated. I disagree. I didn't read this book until last year, when I turned 21. My boyfriend owned it, it seemed like a quick...
  • Meredith
    Jun 06, 2008
    Resounding accuracy of the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood, goodreads? Um yeah, maybe if all kids teetering on the brink of adulthood made you question if they were autistic and spent the majority of their free time reading the classics and going to therapy. Don't ge...
  • Annalisa
    Nov 30, 2011
    3. 5 stars. I almost didn't finish this book. The main character was so hard to figure out. He was supposed to be intelligent but he was so naive. I get being book smart but dumb streetwise, but it was basic social and life knowledge that he didn't get. One minute he seemed wise bey...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 18, 2007
    This book is beautiful. It is a classic teenager read. I have probably read this book a million times and it never gets old. I love how honest and deep Charlie is. He will get you thinking about the good things and what really matters in life. I am inspired whenever I read this book an...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Apr 02, 2013
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up. August 25, 1991 Dear friend, I am writi...
  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    Feb 19, 2008
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars So, I've read this twice now. The first time I read it, I think I was about 14 years old and I believe I originally gave it three stars. But after waiting a few years and reading it again, discussing it with my book group at school, and seeing the movie (whi...
  • Kenny
    Feb 25, 2013
    Passivity vs. Passion ? Yes Charlie ~~ I know all too well what it?s like. Charlie is an outsider ~~ a typical wallflower. He gets bullied at school and prefers taking the forty minute walk home instead of the school bus. Written in the form of letters from Charlie to an a...
  • Anne
    Oct 26, 2014
    Ok. So, why does no one really mention that Charlie seems to be a high functioning autistic? I mean, there's a difference between shy or wallflower, and autistic. The way he doesn't understand social norms, his thought process, his actions (and inactions in certain situations), even t...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    May 25, 2011
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower: A. Free live sex shows but you are not allowed to tell anyone. B. Free LSD mixed in a brownie. C. Free to make out with girls who take fancy on you because you seem to be harmless. D. Free books because you are autistic hence you can finish a challengin...
  • Allie
    Jun 01, 2009
    Drugs, abuse, child molestation, anything that would make people cry & be traumatizing for a teenager, it's all here in overdose, injected wherever possible into every character's life. How can the author be such a douche. I felt emotionally manipulated by this inconsistently wr...
  • Tatiana
    Dec 01, 2011
    There may be a book in the world that can address, just within very few pages, suicide, molestation, domestic abuse, homosexuality, drug use, mental issues, first sexual experiences, rape, abortion, etc., and not sound like a Lifetime movie, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not a...
  • Daniel
    May 10, 2010
    Bloody awful. Imagine this: The Catcher In The Rye was fucked rough by A Million Little Pieces. The zygote's DNA was re-spliced with 1980's panic journalism and bombarded with x-rays for six months. It was then delivered premature on a bloody altar beneath a full moon and methodica...
  • Megan
    Jun 22, 2012
    *UPDATE:* I went and saw the movie today and it was a very good movie. Stephen Chbosky directed the movie and it was very true to the book, I would say almost exact. So if you liked the book I would definitely recommend going to see the movie, you will enjoy it! I have been strug...
  • DC
    Jun 23, 2012
    June 30, 2012 Dear Charlie, First of all, thank you for sending me your poignant letters. I'm honored you think of me as a person that didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though I could have. I'm ecstatic you decided to allow me to read your thoughts. I'm glad...
  • Shirley Marr
    Dec 01, 2011
    "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." URGH! I hate that quote! It smacks of a forced whimsy and I bet you that nobody actually knows what it means because they don't want to be outed as a non-cool kid, so everyone pretends that it's deep instead of perhaps the matter of the t...
  • Emily May
    Sep 30, 2013
    Clueless. I am clueless. The popularity of this book baffles me even more than the popularity of The Fault in Our Stars. Maybe I really am just a coldhearted person with no feelings. Amazingly, I actually managed to start The Perks of Being a Wallflower knowing absolutely nothing ab...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    Oct 20, 2013
    *5 Stars* A touching and emotional portrayal of an ordinary boy finding his significance... The brilliance and beauty of this book is discreet and quiet. We have Charlie ? the awkward, lovable narrator ? revealing his story through a consistent flow of letters to a "friend"....
  • Reynje
    Dec 01, 2011
    If, like me, you lurk on frequent tumblr, you will have realised that there is only so far you can scroll before you hit something like this: Stephen Chbosky?s epistolary novel has something of a cult following, and the quotes that litter the internet seem almost anthemic, gi...
  • MizzSandie
    Jun 30, 2011
    DISCLAIMER: I did not like this book. I am about to try to explain why that is so, here, in my own, personal review space. I am critiqing this book, based on my own opinions, personal taste, experiences and perspective, criteria and standards for literary work. It is entirel...
  • Sandra
    Nov 02, 2011
    Wallflower (noun) a shy or retiring person who remains unnoticed at social events, especially a woman without a dance partner I decided to read this book not because there was going to be a movie coming out soon. It one of the reasons but then again it wasn?t the main one. ...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Jun 02, 2012
    THIS BOOK ALWAYS BRINGS ME SO MANY FEELS. 3rd time re-reading it and I still feel infinite. ...
  • Karolina
    Aug 02, 2012
    February 25, 2013 Dear Charlie, I am writing to you because I feel like you're the only one that would listen to me right now. From all the friends that I have made you are the one that's the most understanding. I guess what I'm trying to do is thank you for being there for me th...
  • jessica
    Aug 09, 2012
    nothing makes me feel more nostalgic than this book. this book is long summer nights, spent with those we so carefully let in, not caring about what the next year of school would bring. just those evenings where our only companions were the stars. because in those moments, i swear ...
  • Christy
    Oct 30, 2016
    This is one of those books that has been on my TBR for years. I?m glad I finally made the time to listen to it. Charlie?s story is an endearing coming of age tale. It?s a journey. Charlie is finding himself, who his true friends are, and really coming into his own. I loved C...
  • Lola
    Jan 19, 2014
    ??Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.?? That is quite true. I have stumbled across many beautiful sentences, throughout my reading, and ones that make us think but, this one, is my absolute favorite of them all. There is so much that can be said about thi...
  • Mario
    Mar 08, 2016
    I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what ...
  • Emma Giordano
    Jun 29, 2014
    I don't even think I can truly convey how much I loved this book other than to say it was entirely life changing and I'm so upset it took me this long to read it. ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Aug 14, 2016
    The book be like - CRY, BITCH. After 50 pages I would have written that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was poorly written, boring and tasteless. After 100 pages I would have clapped because really, wow, Stephen Chbosky really did want to tick all the strong issues boxes, haha....
  • Miranda Reads
    Sep 13, 2018
    All I have to say to the author is...REALLY? Are you effing kidding me right now?? Charlie is a freshman, a loner and an odd duck, all wrapped up in one stunningly awkward package. How awkward? Cripplingly so. I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, ...