The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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 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.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, [1999]
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9780671027346
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Chbosky Stephen
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 19 cm
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.8 9.0 32374.
Reading Counts RC High School 6.1 14 Quiz: 20911 Guided reading level: NR.
Call Number: YA FICTION Chbosky Stephen


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Oct 16, 2018

I just love this book. It's insane how much emotion and love and feeling can be smashed into one small book. It's an amazing book and I would highly recommend it!!!I hope it is as much as an emotional rollercoaster for you as it was for me!!! (:

Jul 14, 2018

July 14, 2018

After watching the film adaptation, I had to read this.
I felt like the film polished the story and expressed it well, but the book was genius. Even though the story had some unnecessary parts, it expressed Charlie’s voice in a way the film never could.


Jul 03, 2018

This book was written really well and I loved the plot of it. I think Charlie was a really interesting character. I would recommend it to very few people though, I don't think my friends would like it.

liljables May 15, 2018

I read this book for the first time fifteen years ago, and now I have the pleasure of reading it again with the Teen Book Club here at Whistler Public Library. I can't wait for our discussion, and I'm happy that it held up on re-reading!

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This is just too good to miss. It captures so much about what it costs and how brave it is to reach out and connect to others, to another. So well written with both a brutal and yet gentle touch.

Dec 05, 2017

The Breakfast Club meets Sixteen Candles meets Stand by Me meets St. Elmo's Fire meets....

(It's your basic run-of-the-mill coming of age teen genre (yes, I realize only one of the above is an actual printed story) written in the form of letters from Charlie (the main character) to an anonymous recipient. It's really not THAT BAD, and it is much better than the movie)

Aug 03, 2017

In a series of written letters, a young freshman named Charlie writes his anonymous 'friend' of his life in high school. There are tears, teenage troubles, newfound friends, and self-discovery. There's a reason this book is a classic. Of all the books I've ever read, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the saddest thing I've ever read (which is a good thing, I assure you). Charlie's character can resonate with any teenager willing to pick up this book. The writing style is completely unique. Chbosky manages to explore mature themes that come with being a teenager in a way that doesn't sound like a lecture or an adult desperately trying to be relatable. Though I'll be honest, you better prepare yourself before reading this book. Get a box of tissues, a blanket, a cup of tea. You're also going to need hours upon hours of time. Not to actually read the book, but to deal with finishing it. The first time I finished this book, I sat for at least an hour and a half crying my eyes out. Five out of five stars.
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is really meaningful and cute, and I think it speaks to a lot of teens especially since the main character is such an anti-social wallflower. Charlie's story of coming out of his shell is very eye-opening and helps relate to tons of students and teens. The characters are very relatable and loveable, and, most importantly, super realistic. They are only human and are expressed as such; Mr. Chbosky did an an amazing job reaching out to teens in this book. I love it, I have a copy of my own.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a great book that teens will certainly enjoy. The main character, Charlie, is a shy high school boy who describes his life through a series of letters to a friend of his who remains unnamed. Charlie’s meaningful story and the events that surround him captures the attention of the reader and even helps them relate certain aspects to their own lives. This novel has become an award-winning film, although I do recommend that you read the book first. Rating 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 25, 2017

This will always stand in my top 10 all time favorite books. A unique perspective of high school life is achieved through Charlie's eyes. If you are a sucker for good quotes, this holds many. So much knowledge and emotion is packed into a mere 224 pages (give or take). The Perks of Being a Wallflower will always stand as a given in my personal collection and is guaranteed to be read many times in years to come.

Jul 20, 2017

Amazing read. Something I would suggest to anyone. I especially liked the character Aunt Helen who at the same time fascinated me and surprised me.

May 22, 2017

Teenage coming of age novel about a boy and the older kids around him who teach him the facts of life told by the boys letters written to no one in particular similar to journal. Nice read. Somehow it was on my list of thrillers; I decided to read it anyway.

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Bookwormie95 Jun 09, 2018

"'I feel infinite.'
"And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great.... Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way. I have since bought the record, and I would tell you what it was, but truthfully, it's not the same unless you're driving to your first party, and you're sitting in the middle seat of a pickup with two nice people when it starts to rain."

Jul 25, 2017

"Even if we don't have the power to choose where we came from, we can still choose where we go from there."

Aug 18, 2015

"So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them."

Aug 18, 2015

"She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time."

Aug 18, 2015

"I just want you to know that you're very special... and the only reason I'm telling you is that I don't know if anyone else ever has."

Jul 08, 2015

So, if this does end up being my last letter, please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough.
And I will believe the same about you.
Charlie (pg.213)

thisgrrlreads Nov 19, 2013

“Dear friend, I do not like high school. The cafeteria is called the ‘Nutrition Center,’ which is strange.” (page 6)

Elizabeth Neilson
Aug 09, 2013

"In that moment we were infinite"

Aug 02, 2013

"We accept the love we think we deserve"

DebAK Jul 14, 2013

[…] she grabbed his penis with her hands and started moving it. […] the boy pushed the girl's head down, and she started to kiss his penis. [...] she stopped crying because he put his penis in her mouth. [...]

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Other: Drugs.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Sexual Content: Masturbation and sensual touching.

Jul 25, 2017

Sexual Content: There is reference and mention of sexual acts as well as sexual abuse though none of it is graphic, it is all implicit.

Jul 25, 2017

Violence: Characters are said to be/have been in abusive relationships as well as getting in fights.

Jun 18, 2014

Sexual Content: Teens get initimate fairly frequently.

Jun 18, 2014

Violence: Teens get into fights multiple times.

Jun 18, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a rape scene.

BookWormChelly Jul 08, 2013

Sexual Content: oral sex.

ecrl Feb 02, 2013

Sexual Content: Oral sex among teens!

bookgeek101 Dec 26, 2012

Other: Patrick is gay.

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janellejordan Jul 12, 2015

goes on a journey to show how childhood can really effect a person and how friends can get someone out of any situation.

Jul 08, 2015

Charlie has just lost his best friend and is now starting high school with no friends. Enter Sam and Patrick as they integrate Charlie into their friend group and take him on wild adventures. Follow Charlie as he starts to heal and have the best experiences of his life while still figuring out how he feels

Aug 02, 2013

Written in the format of a diary we are guided through Charlie's freshman year of high school. Where he experiences his first love and first taste of partying and his mission of finding him self.

destiny1218 Jul 09, 2013

a wonderful coming of age book that tells the tale of a young boy experiencing high school and finding himself along with a few new friends.

BookWormChelly Jul 08, 2013

A young man named Charlie who is writing his life through letters to an anonymous person of his high school experience.

Jun 11, 2013

a teenage freshman tells us his first year of high school through letters

Oct 23, 2012

After learning of the suicide of another student, "Charlie" writes letters to ??? and tells us about his life as a lonely HS freshman. Sadness, loss and past mental health issues. He makes friends, learns about smoking cigarettes, spliffs, and LSD. Drinks and eats fast food. He experiments with girls and experiences kissing one boy and always loves Sam(antha), his good friend. He reads awesome books and tells us about them and has ups and downs with friends.

Saulia Jul 06, 2012

Charlie, the main character, writes letters to an unnamed person, and this is how his story is told. It talks about how he had trouble fitting in, until he met Sam - whom he fell in love with, and Patrick. These two become his best friends, and also his English teacher provides him with a list of books to read, making him feel more accepted.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

this talks bout how a boy named chrlie is introduced of the world of drugs and luv and goes with his friends for help!!!!!!!

Apr 20, 2010

A young boy confides in you as a reader anonymously sharing his life through a series of letters. He is trying to find his place in the world.

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