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the perks of being a wallflower, by stephen chbosky


This is going to be one of those important books for every person to read someday. It will be required reading. After every person who reads it tells every other person they know how great it is. I was told by a friend (thank you Kerri!) that Chris and I would enjoy it. Wow, I wish I would have read it sooner.
The book is a series of letters by Charlie, an incredibly intelligent ninth grader who just needs someone to talk to. The letters are to a person who Charlie doesn’t know, but whom he heard about in a conversation to which he probably shouldn’t have listened. Charlie just tells what is going on, what he thinks about, what experiences he has, and he is totally and completely honest in his letters. This is something I’m sure everyone had problems with when starting high school– being honest, not only to yourself, but to someone else. We may know who we are, or what we think. The question is, do we have the courage to tell someone else.
As Charlie finds friends and love, and becomes closer to his family, he shares experiences and thoughts so many of us had, and makes us remember how alone we felt. (Okay, I have been informed before that not everyone felt like a reject during high school, but I think she must have been the one person in the last century.) But read it! READ IT!
Another incredible thing is that this is the author’s first novel. He has had several screenplays produced (all Sundance films), and he has a serious future as a writer.

Oh, no extended entry this time, you’ll just have to read it :) I can’t pick just one section!

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2 Comments to

“the perks of being a wallflower, by stephen chbosky”

  1. On June 24th, 2004 at 3:47 pm VG Says:

    I LOVE “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”! ^^ It’s awesome!

  2. On September 18th, 2004 at 3:58 pm ashley Says:

    this just might be the best book ever. i normaly hate to read, but i borrowed the book form a friend and i just couldnt let myself put it down. it dosent seem like it would be importiant, but it just draws you in and you cant stop it. its wonderful.