The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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by Stephen Chbosky

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ISBN-10: 0671027344

ISBN-13: 9780671027346

Pub. Date: 02/01/1999

Publisher: MTV Books

Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.

The Perks of


Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
720L (what's this?)
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14 - 17 Years

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 977 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give you a summary of this fantastic book, but I don't want to give too much away. It's basically about a boy and his first year in high school. That's the one thing young readers need to watch out for because (I'm sorry to say) high school isn't exactly... uhmm... appropriate all the time, as shown in this book. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has very deep, easy to connect with characters and a plot that won't let you put the book down. Because of it's high school setting I wouldn't recommend this book for people under 13, but if you think you can handle the story without your parents flipping out too much, than go for it, cause this book will leave you with 100 hundred that aren't even yours. There are parts where you WILL cry (I guarantee it), parts where you will want to scream at the top of your lungs and not care who stares at you, and parts that will throw a smile on your face....not PUT a smile on ur face but that smile will THROW itself there. Pick up this book and read it NOW!!
TheAuthorChick More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to express how I feel about this book in a typed review. In my head, I can, but it's hard to put together on a keyboard. I can say that I loved everything about it, but it feels like an understatement. I felt like I was a wallflower in Charlie's life, rather than Charlie being the wallflower in Sam and Patrick's. Toward the end of the book, I had a hard time convincing myself that I wasn't a part of this misfit group of Charlie's friends. This book made me cry. Hard. Not only because it was sad, but because it made me care. It's impossible not to care. Its heartbreaking yet simultaneously uplifting finale is the cherry on top of this slice of Charlie's life. Everything about this book, I love. But it's still a vast understatement.
ive_got_a_theory More than 1 year ago
The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes you through the life of an amazing child. A bright young man growing up observing and watching, always writing letters to a person he merely saw at a party. This book will take you on a journey you won't soon forget. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who can read. Chbosky has a talent for capturing your attention and then earning it with his wonderful characters and story line. A MUST read!!!
Mirandaaa More than 1 year ago
i LOVED this book, But what I loved most was Charlie. I understood him and where he was coming from I related to this book SO much which is probably why i liked it so much. My best-friend gave it too me and said "Here read this, i'm possitive you'll like it, it reminded me of you in ways." So i gave it a try and i loved it. i couldn't put it down! (: Read it, i'm sure you'll love it too! it'll make you feel.......infinate<3
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
CatieCat75 More than 1 year ago
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was among the most beautifully written and touching books I have ever read. Though you never learn the true names of the characters and the anonymous person to whom Charlie (the main character) is writing to, the reader is still left with a satisfied feeling. I loved every minute of this book and found myself crying with Charlie and laughing at the moments in this book I have expirienced and can relate to. This is a must read for anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In honor of Charlie, I should read this book twice. This book never left my side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book many times over the years, and recently bought it for a girl I know for her 15th b-day. It is actually good to read at any age, but as it is a "coming of age" story, teenagers in particular can enjoy it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it.
MrPotter07 More than 1 year ago
Why is it that "good" books for teens are always so heavy? This is a book that contains themes of suicide, depression, abortion, etc. Even though it was so dark and dreary, I did like it. It had an interesting format that I've never seen before that really helped to draw the reader in and feel part of the story. Charlie, the hero, was a WONDERFUL character. He is so unique and loveable. You just want to be his friend. I'm glad that I read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful. It makes you laugh, tear up, it makes you feel happy, sad, confused. It really makes you think. Everyone should read this book at least once. This is a great story about a kid experiencing high school, friends, tragedy, drugs, sex. it's just great, read it you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book. I learned so much about life and learned how to view it differently. I've read this book about 15 times and each time I read it I feel like I learn something new. I've highlighted sentences, paragraphs, and even pages that I relate to and I pass it around to my friends and they do the same. I encourage everyone to read it, it will open your eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You get sucked into Charlie's life and you can relate to how he feels and some of the things he does. He's strange and relatable all at the same time. It will either completely go over your head or it'll seep in and make you think. I highly recommend this book but for a more mature reader.
alexhernandezyo More than 1 year ago
Because of good reviews, I decided to read this. I usually don't like books about high school and drugs and sex and stuff but this was a very entertaining book. You really fall in love with charlie and wish he was your best friend. Reading from charlie's perspective is very interesting. I was hooked to this book. I recommend it for anyone. it was really good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i absolutly hate reading but i loved this book it reall kept my attention. the book actually related to me so i understood it alot better than the books we have to read in school. i really liked how it was written in letters so i could put the book down and understand it when i picked it back up later. the perks of being a wall flower had a great story and message and it was an easy read. i would deffinatly recomend it to my friends.
xnemo More than 1 year ago
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a great book that holds a deep meaning. A comedy about friendships, influences and grief coming from the point of view from an outcast . Recommended for all young adults. This Page turner makes you want to read it over again. Four thumbs way up!
likeforsure More than 1 year ago
I'm always looking for a good book to read and I came across this one online.I read what it was about and then I read the reviews to it,I thought it would be a crappy book but it was pretty good.The book is about a teenager named charlie who has a hard time adjusting to life after his aunt dies.So since he can't talk about his feelings with his family he decides to write letters to an unknown person.It's also about the problems teenagers go through in High school, with their families and friends.Thrust me I wouldn't be wasting my time on writing a review for this book if it sucked.It's a definite buy.
jennifernguyen More than 1 year ago
As a freshmen in high school i feel like i can relate to this book very much. It also has opened my eyes up to what some people at my school may be feeling inside that i just haven't noticed. Charlie is a very smart and caring boy. And im glad that my teacher let me borrow this book so i could join Charlie on his journey as a freshmen in school. Where he experiences high school stuff like sex, drugs, parties, meeting new people and losing people. It's a really good book and i reccomend it to all the hipsters and teenagers out there.
xxluvisthewayxx More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best books ive read in awhile!!! theres soo many things in the story that i can relate to. charlie, the main character, is so likeable. chboskys writing style is authentic since it is told from 15 year old charlies point of view. his story is both warming and touching at the same time. i defintely consider this one of my favorite books of all time. one that i can definitely read more than once (and thats saying something for me). just read it, youll luv it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. You build a connection with the characters and eventually get attached to Charlie. This book will make you feel infinite. I don't think the movie will be as good as the book because the book was just great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. It's interesting and well put together. I love how it's written in letters sent from Charlie (the main character) to an outside person. It is so entertaining, and once you start you can't put it down.
NewYorker69 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of my favorite books. Phenomenal in its ability to capture the reader into a world know more commonly as being a teenager. Great read and I LOVE the pop culture references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book was so awesome, I loved every page. It is my favorite book and it has made me happier and feel like the a better person. This book has so many lovely things to offer the world and anyone who reads it. I cannot imagine not liking of not wanting to read this book. For the people who gave thiis book anything less than four stars.... you are a true idiot.... that is all!!! :D AHHHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie is that one kid everyone can relate too. I recommend you read this book, take some time off and read it again. Charlie is a quiet person that see things, he's wallflower. I read this book and fell in love with it. It reminds you that your not alone is the world and things happen, but life stops for no one. Charlie himself, doesn't quite understand how things work in the world and questions everything. You can find yourself in Charlie's shoes and seeing the world anew. If you don't love it, than you have to re-evaluate your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's absolutely astonishing, perfection
oohdear_ More than 1 year ago
I recommend everyone to read this book! It's definitely one of my favorites! I could not stop reading it.