The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and p...


Details The Perks of Being a Wallflower

TitleThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
ISBN9780671027346
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 1999
PublisherMTV Books/Pocket Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Rating

Reviews The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • MizzSandie
    2011-06-30
    DISCLAIMER: I did not like this book. I am about to try to explain why that is so, here, in my own, personal review space. I am critiqing this book, based on my own opinions, personal taste, experiences and perspective, criteria and standards for literary work. It is entirely subjective, as I think all reviews, per definition, are.I mean no disrespect to the people who like this book, and who have found in it something of value. You are as entitl...
  • Reynje
    2011-12-01
    If, like me, you lurk on frequent tumblr, you will have realised that there is only so far you can scroll before you hit something like this: Stephen Chbosky’s epistolary novel has something of a cult following, and the quotes that litter the internet seem almost anthemic, given the passion with which they are re-blogged, quoted, slapped across artfully light-leaked photographs and “liked”. A generation appears to have adopted The Perks of ...
  • Sandra
    2011-11-02
    Wallflower (noun)a shy or retiring person who remains unnoticed at social events, especially a woman without a dance partner I decided to read this book not because there was going to be a movie coming out soon.It one of the reasons but then again it wasn’t the main one.I wanted to read it because the word “wallflower” caught my attention.I was a wallflower.I was not one of those kids people notice immediately.I was one of those people who ...
  • Karolina
    2012-08-02
    February 25, 2013Dear Charlie,I am writing to you because I feel like you're the only one that would listen to me right now. From all the friends that I have made you are the one that's the most understanding. I guess what I'm trying to do is thank you for being there for me these last couple of days. I didn't expect to learn from you as much as I have. My mom always says that you can never really understand a person until you walk in their shoes...
  • Tatiana
    2011-12-01
    There may be a book in the world that can address, just within very few pages, suicide, molestation, domestic abuse, homosexuality, drug use, mental issues, first sexual experiences, rape, abortion, etc., and not sound like a Lifetime movie, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not an example of that. For me, the straw that broke the camel's back was when I realized that, to add to all of the above mentioned melodrama, the narrator was either e...
  • Emily May
    2013-09-30
    Clueless. I am clueless. The popularity of this book baffles me even more than the popularity of The Fault in Our Stars. Maybe I really am just a coldhearted person with no feelings.Amazingly, I actually managed to start The Perks of Being a Wallflower knowing absolutely nothing about it. I've avoided all the reviews and hype over the years, I've purposely put off seeing the movie because I wanted to check out the book first. I knew nothing excep...
  • Rachel
    2007-06-15
    As much as people say it, this really is one of my favorite books of all time. MTV promoted it, it got a lot of press, so many people shun it and say it is overrated. I disagree.I didn't read this book until last year, when I turned 21. My boyfriend owned it, it seemed like a quick read, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.Main character Charlie is loveable from the first sentence out of his mouth. There are endless quoteable quotes i...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2012-06-02
    THIS BOOK ALWAYS BRINGS ME SO MANY FEELS. 3rd time re-reading it and I still feel infinite.
  • Lola
    2014-01-19
    ‘‘Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.’’ That is quite true. I have stumbled across many beautiful sentences, throughout my reading, and ones that make us think but, this one, is my absolute favorite of them all.There is so much that can be said about this, yet I don’t seem to find the right words, but I will try my best. It was such an… emotional, deep and realistic story. The plot was simple, if we only look at it as a w...
  • Emma Giordano
    2014-06-29
    I don't even think I can truly convey how much I loved this book other than to say it was entirely life changing and I'm so upset it took me this long to read it.
  • Miranda Reads
    2018-09-13
    All I have to say to the author is...REALLY? Are you effing kidding me right now?? Charlie is a freshman, a loner and an odd duck, all wrapped up in one stunningly awkward package. How awkward? Cripplingly so. I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other. He's always been a bit....out there...but his family knows how to handle his moods and step around his antics. So, this is my life. And...
  • Megan
    2012-06-22
    *UPDATE:* I went and saw the movie today and it was a very good movie. Stephen Chbosky directed the movie and it was very true to the book, I would say almost exact. So if you liked the book I would definitely recommend going to see the movie, you will enjoy it! I have been struggling with how to rate this book since I finished it. I loved this book but then at the same time it was just okay. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am fin...
  • DC
    2012-06-23
    June 30, 2012Dear Charlie,First of all, thank you for sending me your poignant letters. I'm honored you think of me as a person that didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though I could have. I'm ecstatic you decided to allow me to read your thoughts. I'm glad you proved to be such a great letter-writer/story-teller. I am really quite happy about this.It was nice receiving letters from you, even though they're dated long ago. I ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2016-08-14
    The book be like - CRY, BITCH.After 50 pages I would have written that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was poorly written, boring and tasteless.After 100 pages I would have clapped because really, wow, Stephen Chbosky really did want to tick all the strong issues boxes, haha. /sarcasm. After 150 pages I would have needed a drink to handle all that fucking CRYING and talking and the total LACK of any attempt to actually DEAL with the issues piling...
  • Stephanie
    2007-10-18
    This book is beautiful. It is a classic teenager read. I have probably read this book a million times and it never gets old. I love how honest and deep Charlie is. He will get you thinking about the good things and what really matters in life. I am inspired whenever I read this book and I hope you can get as much out of it as I do each and every time. This is was my book report for school. Hope it helps!“We are who we are for a lot of reasons. ...
  • jessica
    2012-08-09
    nothing makes me feel more nostalgic than this book. this book is long summer nights, spent with those we so carefully let in, not caring about what the next year of school would bring. just those evenings where our only companions were the stars. because in those moments, i swear we were infinite. thats what this book is. those moments that truly define who we are and what happiness to means to us. this book is our teenage years filled with frie...
  • Meredith
    2008-06-06
    Resounding accuracy of the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood, goodreads? Um yeah, maybe if all kids teetering on the brink of adulthood made you question if they were autistic and spent the majority of their free time reading the classics and going to therapy. Don't get me wrong. This book is good. You want to find out what the deal is with the main character for the entire book and at the end, you eventually get a pretty damn go...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2011-05-25
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower: A. Free live sex shows but you are not allowed to tell anyone. B. Free LSD mixed in a brownie. C. Free to make out with girls who take fancy on you because you seem to be harmless. D. Free books because you are autistic hence you can finish a challenging book to read like Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” in 12 days and your English teacher wants to challenge you by giving you more and more books to read. E. All...
  • Allie
    2009-06-01
    Drugs, abuse, child molestation, anything that would make people cry & be traumatizing for a teenager, it's all here in overdose, injected wherever possible into every character's life. How can the author be such a douche.I felt emotionally manipulated by this inconsistently written, I'm-trying-to-be-deep-and-real-and-strike-emotional-chords crying fest.So I Hulk-smashed it into the recycling bin.God.
  • Mario
    2016-03-08
    I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.Damn, this book was amazing. And it's not one of those books where you figure out how amazing it is at the beginning, or even through the first half. It sl...
  • Christy
    2016-10-30
    This is one of those books that has been on my TBR for years. I’m glad I finally made the time to listen to it. Charlie’s story is an endearing coming of age tale. It’s a journey. Charlie is finding himself, who his true friends are, and really coming into his own. I loved Charlie’s character. He was such a real and genuine person. Sam and Patrick were fantastic, too. Now that I’ve finally made the time to read this, I’m looking forwa...
  • Anne
    2014-10-26
    Ok.So, why does no one really mention that Charlie seems to be a high functioning autistic? I mean, there's a difference between shy or wallflower, and autistic. The way he doesn't understand social norms, his thought process, his actions (and inactions in certain situations), even the awkward ways he expresses his feelings. They all point to someone who sees the world differently than the rest of us.Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm totally misreading ...
  • Annalisa
    2011-11-30
    3. 5 stars.I almost didn't finish this book. The main character was so hard to figure out. He was supposed to be intelligent but he was so naive. I get being book smart but dumb streetwise, but it was basic social and life knowledge that he didn't get. One minute he seemed wise beyond his years and the next he acted like a child thrust into a teenage life.There were also a couple of scenes that I didn't think were believable. I almost put the boo...
  • Shirley Marr
    2011-12-01
    "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." URGH! I hate that quote! It smacks of a forced whimsy and I bet you that nobody actually knows what it means because they don't want to be outed as a non-cool kid, so everyone pretends that it's deep instead of perhaps the matter of the truth - that it probably doesn't make any sense and therefore means squat all.This quote just makes me think of this: The Infinite Cat Project. But that type of infi...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    2013-10-20
    *5 Stars* A touching and emotional portrayal of an ordinary boy finding his significance...The brilliance and beauty of this book is discreet and quiet. We have Charlie — the awkward, lovable narrator — revealing his story through a consistent flow of letters to a "friend". The letters are candid and based off emotion — exactly what you'd expect from a teenaged perspective. There is no specific plot design; no standard structure this story ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2013-04-02
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen ChboskyThrough Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.August 25, 1991 Dear friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with thatperson at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out ...
  • Kenny
    2013-02-25
    Passivity vs. Passion … Yes Charlie ~~ I know all too well what it’s like. Charlie is an outsider ~~ a typical wallflower. He gets bullied at school and prefers taking the forty minute walk home instead of the school bus. Written in the form of letters from Charlie to an anonymous recipient, it is a compelling read. Don't let its simplicity fool you, as this book has much depth. Readers learn that Charlie has many secrets that have been entru...
  • Daniel
    2010-05-10
    Bloody awful. Imagine this: The Catcher In The Rye was fucked rough by A Million Little Pieces. The zygote's DNA was re-spliced with 1980's panic journalism and bombarded with x-rays for six months. It was then delivered premature on a bloody altar beneath a full moon and methodically, repeatedly dropped on its head by Chuck Palahniuk.Any plot whose central premise is an amnesia of the daytime TV variety belongs in a very special category. For me...
  • Madeline
    2015-03-27
    Not for the first time, I find myself reading a book about ten years too late and being utterly incapable of connecting with it on any level. Someone probably should have made me read this when I was in high school, and I most likely would have reviewed it more favorably - then again, I read The Catcher in the Rye when I was fifteen and found Holden Caulfield to be utterly insufferable, so it's entirely possible that I just do not care about the ...
  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2008-02-19
    Actual rating: 4.5 starsSo, I've read this twice now. The first time I read it, I think I was about 14 years old and I believe I originally gave it three stars. But after waiting a few years and reading it again, discussing it with my book group at school, and seeing the movie (which I loved), my appreciation for it has grown immensely. And I think there's a lot of things I missed out on or didn't sympathize with as much when I read it as a young...