Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: February 1, 1999
Edition: Paperback (213 pages)
Cover Review: I love the simplicity.
Main Character: Charlie Scorsoni
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.After reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I'm definitely interested in seeing what the movie will be like compared to the novel. The book was written in journal entires, which I found really interesting. Charlie is a wallflower, hence the title. He is pretty much like an outsider always looking in. When he is finally welcomed in, his eyes are opened to a whole new world. He meets some new friends, including Sam and Patrick, who are seniors. I don't know how is going to survive a few more years now that his friends have graduated.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed 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.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
Sam and Patrick are brother and sister. Charlie has the biggest crush on Sam as soon as he meets her, and throughout the whole novel he tries to get her to like him back. The only problem is that Sam is dating another guy, who Charlie thinks is treating her badly. He believes that he could treat her much better. In the end, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a pretty good explanation of what highschool could be, and is in some places.
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