The Perks of Being a Wallflower Paperback
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Now a major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.
Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular.
Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective.
But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/02/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847394071
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Review by Raven
Perhaps I should have read it younger. In fact, I know I should have; if I had picked it up aged sixteen, I would have thought it astonishing, seminal, a book that spoke to me. Reading it at the ancient age of twenty-two, I think it's a book that captures a zeitgeist. It hasn't captured me the way it would have done years ago, but it is a small, sweet, touching novel, well-written and worth reading. The eponymous wallflower, Charlie, narrates his life in epistolary fashion, discussing the strangnesses of the world through the filter of the books he reads, his friends, his family and teachers, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. And that is all it is - but it's executed well, delightfully in places, and Charlie's friend Patrick, an urbane-but-sweet gay high-school sophisticate, is alone worth the price of admission.There is of course a darker undercurrent to Charlie's occasionally stilted narration, and I've seen him described as autistic, as severely disturbed, but that doesn't ring true for me; he reads as introverted and occasionally seriously depressed, and the portrayal of mental illness is also well-realised, sharing some rhetorical techniques with <i>The Bell Jar</i> and drawing the reader down into Charlie's mental crawlspace with him, but the illness is not the focus of the book. Somewhat clichedly, it's a coming-of-age story. And it didn't change my life, but it cheered one afternoon.
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Review by LyzzyBee
Acquired via BookCrossing 23 Jul 2011 - picked up from Ali at a meetupCharlie writes a series of letters to an unknown recipient as he negotiates the first year of High School, first love, and the deaths of his friend Michael and aunt Helen. I like a coming of age / small town novel and this was pretty good, especially the music references, however it was a bit clumsily didactic in places ("you probably know this, being older, but I'll tell you anyway", followed by an explanation of something a teenager might have difficulty with, a few times) and bits of the story were a little too obvious. Having said that, I'm not really the target audience, and I'm sure these parts would be useful for the shy, bookish teen, looking for info on how to get through these years.
Review by StephVanRiet
In the beginning, it bothered me a bit that Charlie sounded a lot younger than he was. He grew up a lot during the course of the book though, so his writing style became more mature and more enjoyable to read.I really liked the book, but I thought the ending could have been a bit more elaborate. It all happened so fast that I had to reread a bit before I truly knew what was going on.
Review by Bookoholic73
A really good coming of age book- I guess I am about the same age as Charlie, so a lot of the songs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, really brought me back. I really like the format, how Charlie is discribing his life to a secret friend, and you slowly get to know him through his letters. At the same time, I guess Charlie gets to know himself. In a way, it is a book about not belonging, and feeling so much more real than Prep- I guess the difference is that Charlie is really likable and that he is developing. The last chapter really was like the last piece of puzzle that made everything fall into place. What surprised me was that the author has also written Rent, that I thought was the most overrated musical I have ever seen. Maybe I just saw a really bad production??
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