The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Standing on the fringes of life offers a quality perspective…but there comes a time to lớn see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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Since its publication, stephen chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown inlớn a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, & inspired a major motion picture. 

The perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s lượt thích khổng lồ 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 và poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. Review

What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while"s he"s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He"s a wallflower--shy & introspective sầu, & intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes lớn someone of undisclosed name, age, và gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen"s story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also giảm giá khuyến mãi with his best friend"s recent suicide. Charlie"s letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts & feelings: 

I walk around the school hallways & look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they"re here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way.

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In a curious way. It"s lượt thích looking at all the students and wondering who"s had their heart broken that day, & how they are able to lớn cope with having three quizzes và a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why. 

With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha & Patriông chồng, Charlie mostly manages lớn avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year và all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to lớn the generation that"s been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis

From Publishers Weekly

A trite coming-of-age novel that could easily appeal lớn a YA readership, filmmaker Chbosky"s debut broadcasts its intentions with the publisher"s announcement that ads will run on MTV. Charlie, the wallflower of the title, goes through a veritable bath of bathos in his 10th grade year, 1991. The novel is formatted as a series of letters lớn an unnamed "friend," the first of which reveals the suicide of Charlie"s pal Michael. Charlie"s response--valid enough--is to cry. The crying soon gets out of hand, though--in subsequent letters, his father, his aunt, his sister and his sister"s boyfrikết thúc all become lachrymose. Charlie has the usual dire adolescent problems--sex, drugs, the thuggish football team--and they perplex hyên in the usual teen TV ways. <...> Inlớn these standard teenage issues Chbosky infuses a droning insistence on Charlie"s supersensitive disposition. Charlie"s English teacher và others have sầu a disconcerting tendency khổng lồ rhapsodize over Charlie"s giftedness, which seems lớn consist of Charlie"s unquestioning assimilation of the teacher"s taste in books. In the kết thúc we learn the root of Charlie"s psychological problems, và we confront, with hyên, the coming rigors of 11th grade, ever hopeful that he"ll find a suitable girlfrikết thúc and increase his vocabulary.