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If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition). The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky, which was first published on February 1, , by. The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the.
But, as it turned out, I was very wrong. Charlie was, evidently, just a shy, socially awkward, AP-classes attending, extremely gifted and observant student with a dark secret.
At least, that how he was described by other people. What does it say about Stephen Chbosky 's writing abilities if his supposedly intelligent teen narrator sounds like a 7-year old? If Charlie's writing was reflective of his speech and interactions, how in the world could he become friends with a crowd of cool older kids and even had girlfriends, all of whom thought him petty much the best thing since sliced bread?
I can attribute the popularity of this novel only to the story's great variety of tear-jerking opportunities, teachable moments and life lessons, gently delivered by the ever-so-wise and deep narrator. This isn't even controversial enough to deserve all those bannings. Sep 30, Emily May rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 except that so many people LOVE this book.
I was a bit Clueless. I was a bit sceptical from the very first page when year-old Charlie's narrative opened with short, choppy, fragmented sentences: I don't think that there is a favorite kid in our family. There are three of us and I am the youngest.
My brother is the oldest. He is a very good football player and likes his car. My sister is very pretty and mean to boys and she is in the middle. One of my favourite parts of reading is getting to see the world through the eyes of someone whose perspective I might not have fully considered before.
So I was willing to overlook the slightly annoying use of immature language and structure because I realised it was needed to get inside the narrator's head. Imagine my surprise and confusion when I discovered that not only does Charlie not have any learning difficulties, but he is actually considered "intelligent beyond his years", is apparently extremely talented and somehow manages to get straight-A grades.
And also how????? It's like I'm missing something. I must be, right? Because to me this seems like nothing more than the usual melodramatic issue book , desperately trying to manipulate my emotions with the subtlety of a million flying bricks. There's suicide, sexual abuse, domestic abuse and homosexuality crammed into the first few chapters. Is that not enough angst for you? Well, wait a few more chapters and we get drugs, incest, fights, first sexual experiences and masturbation, told through the eyes of a guy who sounds about eight but is actually a teenager.
I didn't feel sad or moved or anything so, like I said, maybe this is a character flaw on my part. But I'm tired of reading books where I can feel the author's little voice screaming between the lines "Cry!
Look people are dying and it is so sad, cry! Look incest and prejudice and rape, cry! Except maybe manipulated; yeah, I definitely felt manipulated.
While reading, I wondered if Charlie might be autistic because dyslexia is common among those with autism, but I don't want to lead anyone to believe that autism denotes a lack of intelligence - in many cases, the opposite is true.
Jun 02, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it it was amazing. View all 10 comments. Jun 15, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 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 in this book that had me folding the page over so I As much as people say it, this really is one of my favorite books of all time. There are endless quoteable quotes in this book that had me folding the page over so I could write them down later.
Charlie has an honest innocence to him yet such an intense depth and intelligent mind that he is quite the multifaceted character.
While the story has its ups and downs, and really, there isn't a very intense plot, the reader is somehow sucked into Charlies head sharing his first kiss, his feelings toward his new friends, his feelings towards literature and music. He is naiive about so many things, and his bluntness made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. He not only deals with issues like love, but also having a gay friend, dealing with death, and sexual assault, but also sharing his love of music and literature, which I think are two things that are being lost on youth today.
I would give this book to every teenage boy and girl I knew. While Charlie isn't exactly a excellent role model, he does show that being different is O.
These things matter. View all 23 comments. 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.
It was such an… emotional, deep and realistic story. The plot was simple, if we only look at it as a whole, but every detail contributed to make it an incredible read. And every character to make this story an unforgettable one for us.
Charlie was the sweetest male character I had ever encountered in a read. Not only was the main character a fantastic one, but the secondary ones were as well.
I saw multiple reviewers complain about the writing. It was indeed simplistic but, like Charlie himself said in the story, he writes the way he speaks.
And knowing that, I found the writing perfectly matching the story and ended up loving it and feeling like I knew Charlie in much more dept than than with any other writing style. The story was filled with different themes or messages, but the one I loved the most was this one: There is a reason why this book is so popular and appreciated by readers and, by reading it, you will certainly find out.
Last updated: April 28th, - made grammatical corrections. Jun 29, Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing.
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. View all 8 comments. Sep 13, Miranda Reads rated it did not like it Shelves: All I have to say to the author is 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 So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad a All I have to say to the author is And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be. Only, he's now in high school, and the things he would get away with in middle school aren't exactly going to fly now that he's in the big leagues, and he's having difficulties adjusting.
Luckily, he met Sam and and a few other friends This book ticks too many boxes - aka is there anything NOT covered in here? I'll throw them all in. Does anyone expect to adequately cover suicide, mental illness, alcohol, drugs, sexual orientation, first-time-sex, incest, abuse, rape, and more in a single ish page novel?
That's right, you can't. But you can sure as hell definitely cram all of those buzzwords into one book and throw in a few fancy-sounding quotes, like this: We accept the love we think we deserve. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.
And boom. Instant classic. That's what frustrated me so much - we have these huge, hard-hitting issues And Charlie, while he is cute and adorable, his whole character just didn't feel authentic to me - the dialogue, the actions, the issues. And I'm speaking from the perspective of a wallflower - I was a quiet kid but I was NO where near Charlie-level crinnnge. You may be wondering, what level of cringe are we talking about? He's blessed by the two coolest kids in the school taking him under their wing and made him their best friend.
Personally, I find that the odds that these two popular senior kids adopting the cripplingly awkward freshman to be astronomical Anyway, Charlie feels like he can say anything on his mind to these seniors. And what does he tell them?
For example, he confesses a sex dream about one of them to their face because he felt guilty. And they find it charming. What the what? Is this really supposed to be high school? I'm just like I may have been a wallflower, but thank GOD I wasn't this bad of a wallflower. I honestly thought the novel was going a completely different direction - aka am I the only one? Charlie supposed to be this super smart kid, with reading comprehension off the charts based on the English essays he writes.
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How can you write essay after essay on great and notable works of English that absolutely boggle the mind of your teacher. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. I just want it all to stop spinning or like this: And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs.
And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I mean, the signs were all there. He has emotional episodes, monologues like he's half his age and just seems so spaced out all the time. At one point, he watches a drunk girl get raped forced to give a blow job to a much more sober guy.
And by watches - he's in the same room, silently staring from a corner - doesn't intervene or do anything other than watch. AND he only realizes she got raped weeks later. How is this kid classified only as a wallflower? I really, truly thought we were going to find out that the popular kids were only nice to him because he was "special" - honestly, am I the only one who had these thoughts? Am I just going completely left-field on this book?
Ah well, I don't know, maybe it's just me but I'm really really grateful there isn't a sequel. Blog Instagram Twitter View all 43 comments. Jun 22, Megan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Megan by: Kelsey Fernandez.
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. If I would have read this book in high school I think I would be absolutely in love with it because of the fact, that probably, like most of us at one point in our teens, I felt like an outsider like Charlie.
Sam and Patrick were the friends that pulled Charlie off the wall just as my friends did. I could relate to a lot of what Charlie felt, which I think a lot of us can. In a way I guess it was but not as much as I thought.
These are the parts that really spoke to me and I connected to having seen the effects of depression and suicide. After reading about the mixed tape Charlie makes I went and downloaded all the songs and I love the song Asleep by the Smiths. I wish I had heard this song when I was dealing with everything in high school. I am glad that Stephen Chbosky introduced me to this song and the poem Charlie reads to his friends: The letter writing was a unique format that felt very open and sincere.
Even though I still want to know who he was writing to and what that person thought as they received the letters.
The events in the book seemed real as if they happened in my own high school. The Cons: Okay the main thing that really bothered me in this book was the essays he was writing for extra work.
His teacher claims that he is becoming a better writer each time. Those moments when you are truly happy or even on the flip side when the world is crashing down they seem infinite. I love this line. Some may hate it and think it cheesy but sometimes life needs to be cheesy and it needs to be infinite. View all 20 comments. June 30, Dear 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 am really quite happy about this. It was nice receiving letters from you, even though they're dated long ago. I know that I got them for only a couple of months June 30, Dear Charlie, First of all, thank you for sending me your poignant letters. I know that I got them for only a couple of months in a span of one year , but it felt like you've been talking to me since you were very young.
Remember that memory you called the first one you ever remembered?
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I sometimes felt like the things you were pouring out in your letters were a little too personal, but you let me into your head, into your heart, into your soul. With only your words, I saw you "participate", I saw you have friends, I saw you fall in love, I saw you grow. I may not have ever seen you or the persons you know personally, but I could almost taste your fries from that fastfood chain, I could almost hear Mary Elizabeth's chatter, I could almost see Patrick's smile, I could almost feel the winter cold of your world there.
Your friends and family were as real to me as if I saw them every single day of my life.
While I was glad you were very honest in your letters, I have to admit that your highs and lows were brutal and enlightening to me, as they were to you. Your first kiss remember her tears? You had your issues, but you seemed more interested in those of others. I felt more than a little sad when you were being too nice to some people But boy was I rather depressed when you had to be all alone!
I wish I could've always been there, instead of reading of your exploits on a date after you've had them. I'll sincerely cherish your words, your thoughts, your ideas. Thank you very much for the pop culture references - you surely made me add more books and more songs and more "films" to my to-check-out list! I'm a little sad that I haven't gotten any more letters from you after that last one, but I understand.
I'm sure you're doing well, and rest assured: I'll always be here to hear you out when you need it. Thank you for being so wonderfully Charlie-esque. Thank you for letting me feel infinite. Love always, Your friend View all 36 comments. After 50 pages I would have written that The Perks of Being a Wallflower was poorly written, boring and tasteless. After pages I would have clapped because really, wow , Stephen Chbosky really did want to tick all the strong issues boxes, haha. No, three pages of so-called teenage philosophy isn't enough.
No, really. Fuck you. I am very sorry for all the people on Earth who loved this book, and know that this review isn't about you. I started The Perks of Being a Wallflower expecting to love it.
As it is, I cannot. Probably because it contains what I hate the most in Literature, this being: It doesn't work like that. You do NOT involve a reader by creating an unrealistic overkill of serious issues, as if they were trying to outbid each other. There's a moment when I just don't care anymore. This is manipulative and disrespectful. It reads like a catalogue of the worst situations possible. And because I know that people will tell me that it's realistic because Charlie is only 15, and that he can't analyze these issues in depth: Why include so many issues - teen pregnancy, drinking, drugs, sexual identity, abuse, and so on - if they're only there to fill the book?
I am the first to admit that we mustn't take teenagers for fools and that YA novels should picture these issues. But COME. What is even the point if they're only brushed off? Is telling them that it happens to other people is going to make them feel better?
I don't think so. And yes, when something like abuse is dealt in TWO pages, I do get the feeling that the book is telling me to move the fuck on.
Also, that "beautiful" sentence, "we accept the love we think we deserve"? When applied to the situation? But again, empty words. I would have probably loved it as a 14 years old. Schmidt novel instead.
For more of my reviews, please visit: View all 48 comments. Oct 18, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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! But even if This book is beautiful. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose wherever we go from there. I am inspired whenever I read this book. Written by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower would have to be one of the most insightful young adult novels I have read. He need s to know that these people exist. Following his meeting with Sam and Patrick, two seniors who become his best friends, Charlie begins to experience more of life.
That line does it for me. This book has inspired me to try and do so much more. Charlie did and achieved so much in just his freshman year alone. I want to live a life like him. One that I can look back and be proud of, one that I can tell my kids about, of walking home from school and spending the best times with my friends.
To you, right now in this classroom it may seem little and petty, but to Charlie and I, this is real.
View all 7 comments. View all 16 comments. Dear Charlie, I am writing to you because I have received several of your lovely letters.
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I didn't realise that my postbox was full until I opened it just yesterday. I apologise as I was busy and knackered these past few weeks.
By the way, I have sorted all those letters of yours by month, date, and year as my quite obsessive-compulsive self dictates all the time, not that it's a flaw or anything, but if it's considered a flaw, I'm glad that I do have it, because you see, being normal is bloody Dear Charlie, I am writing to you because I have received several of your lovely letters. By the way, I have sorted all those letters of yours by month, date, and year as my quite obsessive-compulsive self dictates all the time, not that it's a flaw or anything, but if it's considered a flaw, I'm glad that I do have it, because you see, being normal is bloody dull!
Actually, I'm really having some collywobbles right now as I'm writing this letter. See, I'm at a disadvantage here for the fact that you haven't enclosed a return address. So, here I am, posting my letter in the world wide web in an attempt to reach you and sincerely thank you because your letters deeply touched my heart.
I just hope my letter reaches you one way or another. Anyways, as I'm writing this one, I want to reassure you that I'm permanently and inevitably flawed as well just like you. I do not need to mention my foibles, do I? That aside, anyone who is reading this eccentric preamble doesn't need a formal introduction to your story.
I presume that you have received hundreds of thousands or even millions of responses and that you're taking your time to read them all. And blimey! That's raining cats and dogs for you alone, letterwise! For those who haven't read your letters yet, well, I think it's time for them to peruse it now.
Charlie, you are a sensitive, selfless, kind, loving, observant, and an intelligent human being with an unbreakable soul! You can't imagine how much I would love to hug you right now! Although my experiences are different from yours at a certain level, it doesn't change the fact that what you've shared with me was emotionally resonant.
And high school? Oh, so many memories! Yes, I was a wallflower and probably still think of myself as a wallflower, I guess, but in a different way now. I still march to the beat of my own drum.
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I don't like the good ol' chin-wag thing. Well, I prefer to know others on a deeper level. By the way, do you believe that "still waters run deep"? I hope you do because that's me too. I used to be quiet and shy, but not anymore.
I'm still reserved and as awkward as ever in big groups and specific social situations though. Oh, and my weirdness is still a thing! What can I say, I'm just a perky wallflower who loves the colour of periwinkle!
Now you know I'm totally gay! Anyways, I feel comfortable whenever I'm with my friends, especially those who are on the same wavelength as mine and if you're in my inner circle, you would know how I immensely love you and would care for you, to the moon and back! Like you, I'm an observer and listener up to this very moment.
It doesn't mean that I'm antisocial, a loser, freak, have no friends or anything negative related to that. It just means that I can see the bigger picture as well as the infinitesimal ones, which most people would likely dismiss or bypass. I still cry albeit on specific situations, like after reading all of your letters, especially the last one. It's my coping mechanism and that's to say that I'm not afraid to be in touch with my emotions — not because I'm gay, a man, or something that society expects me to think, do, or feel like "boys don't cry".
Bloody hell! That's bollocks, I tell you, bollocks, I say! I know you wouldn't judge me, so I'm telling you that mostly I'm away with the fairies and would return several hours later back to our mundane reality.
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I'm also an extroverted introvert — I know, I know, what a paradox! I think that's what being a wallflower was or is like. That aside, please know that I'm here for you, my dear friend. We're here to see one another through!
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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Summary We are introduced to Charlie, a shy intelligent and observant lad trying to cope with the suicide of one of his best friends, Michael and the death of his aunt.
To help cope he starts writing letters of his own life to a stranger entailing the stresses of his endures. In the following year, Charlie is trying the treacherous territory of high school. The possibilities of dates and mixtapes, family drama and new friends; and the realities and pleasures of the world: drugs, sex, and music. Charlie is what we call a wallflower but despite his shyness, he is befriended by two seniors Patrick and his stepsister Sam. The novel follows a fifteen-year-old introverted boy named Charlie through his freshman year of high school.
He experiences a variety of universal teen firsts: first date, first kiss, first dance, first time acting in a gold speedo in front of a live audience. Okay, maybe not everyone's experienced that last one, but it comes with the territory in Charlie's life. Written as a series of letters from Charlie to an anonymous recipient, it almost feels like you're reading Charlie's private diary—scandalous, we know.
The book's frank depictions of teen sexuality, homosexuality, drugs and alcohol, suicide, and pretty much everything else on the censorship list have led Perks to the ALA 's door many a time.
But Perks doesn't glamorize these issues, nor does it get all after-school-specialy. Instead, it finds a subtle middle ground that really gets us thinking. Why Should I Care?A great book to read, really well written and very hard to take a break from it, since it keeps you chained to it.
This article is about the book. But Perks doesn't glamorize these issues, nor does it get all after-school-specialy. And I don't want to spoil it for you, but it has your typical problems with drugs and alcohol and sexuality to Juno-like situations and child abuse. I only stopped reading when I absolutely had to, like when I had to go to uni or to the bathroom.
Charlie joins in the fight to help Patrick, and breaks it up, regaining the respect of Sam and her friends. In the novel, Chbosky included much of his own memories from the time he lived in Pittsburgh. I feel like I've seen a glimpse of the awesomeness and beauty of this book whilst racing through it.