Cobie Quinlan, January 3, 2014 (view all comments by Cobie Quinlan)
Chbosky's story is well-written. I especially enjoyed reading it because of the charismatic style that the author has. I haven’t read many good books that are written in this ‘diary’ style. Since I am one to usually avoid those after experience, I found that after reading the first few pages, this one was different. Charlie was an honest, mature boy who seemed to see things differently. I loved his shy opinions and thoughts about things, and his cute way of writing that made me laugh reading some entries. Stephen Chbosky's style seems to be less descriptive, more philosophical, but still easy enough to read and understand. He uses interesting words I found myself sometimes looking up in the dictionary, but simple ones too that are comfortable to the reader. I immensely enjoyed reading "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and I’m looking forward to checking out another works of his.
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Cristal, December 19, 2013 (view all comments by Cristal)
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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shallgal, February 1, 2013 (view all comments by shallgal)
This book it lovely! I encourage people to read it before watching the movie, it's far better. The plot allows for real character depth, and the story is very original. I found myself falling in love with this novel every time I picked it up!
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Carole L Soden, January 19, 2013 (view all comments by Carole L Soden)
This book has caused great discussions among my students and in my middle school and high school classes because it deals with many of the same things that my students are dealing with. It's been a perfect draw for some of my reluctant readers, and the fact that it is now a movie
has added even more to our discussions as we debate which is better the book or the movie. (The book is winning hands down - Hooray!)
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MTV Books -
This coming-of-age story absolutely shines. Charlie is your average teenager trying to navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence, yet he's so much more than that. Recognizing something special in Charlie, a teacher feeds him literature and tries to guide him into growth and maturity. Charlie has a bit more on his plate than he knows what to do with, however. Chbosky manages to dodge stereotypes while mining his characters for the real humanity underneath the surface. This tiny novella delivers a huge, heart-warming story. Teenage years have never seemed so poignant, nor so beautiful!
by Denise Kersten, USA Today,
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower is part of an MTV Books series that targets teen-age readers. But it is more mature than most young adult literature and can be enjoyed by older readers as well."
by School Library Journal,
"Charlie develops from an observant wallflower into his own man of action, and, with the help of a therapist, he begins to face the sexual abuse he had experienced as a child. This report on his life will engage teen readers for years to come."
A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie.
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