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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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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...

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this book dealt with so many serious issues that i started to get bored whenever another one came to play. i’ve read too many wattpad stories to feel any emotion with books like this anymore. i don’t know, though. maybe if it were longer and chbosky would’ve gone more into death with each event, it would’ve been better, but at the same time i feel like that could’ve made it worse. the way this book is written is straight-up boring for the most part. i didn’t laugh, cry, or even feel the tug of a smile when reading. but i did loose focus a lot!!! i don’t remember the majority of the book because of how many times i just stared out into space while reading this. i never was excited to pick up this and continue reading. i was just forcing myself to finish a book that i wanted to understand the hype. the movie was better.



This Is Not A Review! This Is A Question!

im planning to buy this book but im wondering about the quality of the hardcover option. is it good quality or not?

Literally one of my favorite books

This book is amazing. It follows Charlie's life from an outside perspective, as he writes to us the things going on in his life. It's relatable and easy to understand but does delve into deeper topics. Additionally, it's easy to read without feeling childish. When I find reading to be nearly impossible from depression, I reread this book.

Great read

read this for a project and its so relatable and fun to read




This book is so amazing. It is a great teen book!! I’m a teenager right now and it was awesome seeing the difference from now to then when the book was written in 1991!! This book is a must read

Great message.

Sometimes the only thing you've gotten in life is the love from your friends.

Great Story

A girl I met told me my life reminded her of this story, which prompted me to read it. I enjoyed the story and my life is a little reminiscent of this tale. All things considered the story is great and is a really good story for a young person to read even to this day. The situations that go on in this story effects a lot of teens, even some adults. Well written, strong character development, and well paced. I can recommend to anyone, especially a person dealing with growing up dealing with issues at any age.

an essential read

endearing and tragic.

The perks of reading this book

This book is soooooo good. It’s written so innocently that it’s amazing how much you find out about Charlie and the people around him. It’s such a sad story but it’s makes you feel something that’s not just aww look how cute the couple is. This is the real story of high school and problems people face. Read it I swear it’s good.


I literally could not stop reading this! I've recommended this book so many times since my friend let me (borrow) it!! She had to get a new one!!


This is a unique case where I loved the movie just as much as the book. One of my favorite books of all time and I highly recommend it.

Beautiful story about a coming of age experience

A book that makes you think about life not only yours but those around you. Allows you to seek life through someone else's perspective. It includes love but the real kind of love. The love that's never ending

A true suprise

I wasn't expecting to love this- I had never seen the movie and had no idea of the plot. Man, oh man, this book is tremendous.

Best Book I ever read!

I don't usually enjoy reading. Most books are long-winded and boring and overrated, but I totally loved The Perks of Being a Wall Flower. In fact, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book this much! I actually LOOKED FORWARD TO the time I had alone with the book, and that almost never happens to me. Please check it out. Another short, snappy book I liked: The Losers' Club by Richard Perez. I think schools should throw out all those boring "classics" and start a brand-new list!

Startling, Gripping, and Absolutely Honest

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, in April of my sophomore year at college. A friend lent it to me and I had read it within twelve hours. This book reaches inside of you and pulls everything to the surface. It is a beautiful and painful story about a 15 year old boy, Charlie, moving through his freshmen year of highschool. It is written in letter form to an unknown friend. Charlie is always completely honest, whether he is describing his first "beer" party where he witnessed a girl being raped by her boyfriend, or explaining masturbation and his excitement for this newfound "activity." Charlie is a wallflower who observes people and feels very deeply for the experiences occuring around him. His favorite Aunt Helen died in a car accident when he was six, and he holds himself accountable, and his best friend committed suicide a year before he began the letters. His English teacher realizes Charlie's potential and brilliance and asks him to try and participate, which Charlie agrees to do. He becomes friends with two seniors Patrick and Samantha and begins to experience dances, parties, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, pot, love, bad trips and sexuality. We feel exhilerated when Charlie describes his happy moments, and we are swallowed in pain when Charlie is overwhelmed by his depression. Charlie's realizations are eye opening for us, and we are so captivated and immersed in his life that his life and stories become a very real experience. This book is about moments, and being as much alive within each moment as possible. It is about looking around us at the world and the people and appreciating that we don't know what their lives are like, and the pain and happiness that they experience day to day, so we shouldn't judge them but accept them and appreciate them. A favorite section of this book, for me, was when Charlie describes the movie It's A Wonderful Life, and how he wished the movie had been about one of the less heroic characters so the audience could have seen the meaning that this person's life held. That moment is just one example of Charlie's amazing intuition. This book should not be limited to a certain "category" of people. I truly believe that it would be understood, appreciated, and loved by everyone aged 12 (+ or - a few) and up regardless of gender, race, sexuality, etc. This book changes you, if only for a moment, but you are not the same upon completion, and you become more appreciative of life then ever.

Going through the tunnel

When I finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chybosky, I sat there in a stunned silence. The book was strongly powerful in a manner that diary or letter style books rarely achieve. There is usually a sense of implausibility in those types of books that Charlie's character completely negated. When trying to describe Charlie the mind suddenly reels, he's honest. Completely and utterly genuine in his perceptions and most of his actions. Charlie is also and emotional basket case that somehow manages to attract a special group of friends to him. A group of voluntary outcasts that go through the same problems teenagers face everywhere. Sex, drugs, relationships and acceptance figure heavily into everyone's lives, despite their personal beliefs on those subjects. I would like to mention Stephen's portrayal of Patrick, I was pleased to see the sbuject of homosexuality treated in such a plain manner. It was accepted as a fact and only the feelings invovled in the situations were important. I would recomment this book to a wide range of people, old or young, straight or gay, conservative or liberal. It was a pleasure to read and I enjoyed it immensely.

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