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Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic. 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 poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. A #1 "New York Times" best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or wallflowers of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life."
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guidosophia
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I stopped reviewing books bc during thanksgiving break I read 6 books in 3 days to catch up to my goodreads goal and I wasn‘t sure if I wanted to review those books. I do. This book is basically a classic. A realistic and honest look into mental health struggles and the overall introspection of being an adolescent. Love this book, would use it as a future English teacher too

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Panpan

My most favourite part of the book was when Charlie called the exercise machine hotline just to tell the lady on the phone to have a good night.

My least favourite part of the book was when Charlie was seeing Mary Elizabeth. She was too much for him, there was no balance at all in the courtship.

What I will remember most about this book was whenever Charlie resorted to his books when he felt like not doing anything else. I would do the same too.

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OriginalCyn620
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#two4tuesday

1. My oldest, who attends community college, started classes yesterday. My 9th grader starts school on the 28th. 📓✏️
2. Loved the tagged book! 📚

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 😊

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 6mo
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rugma.m
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~23 July 2023~

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

#2023reads #currentread

IMAGE: A hand holding the book showing the cover page

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Oh, man, I love this book. I think this is my 3rd or 4th reading…. But it had been 6 years? So it took a bit for some me parts to come back to me. But I will always love Charlie, this year in his life, and his friendship with Sam and Patrick.

Sarahreadstoomuch #bbrc: throw caution to the wind (for the tunnel scenes specifically) @LibrarianRyan (edited) 7mo
AvidReader25 I love this book so much! I also love the edition you posted. I got to pass out books for world book night back in 2013. 😊 7mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @AvidReader25 I always think of Adam when I see it, because I first read this on his encouragement! And I still have my book from 2013 too- Bossypants by Tina Fey 😊 7mo
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LibrarianRyan ohhhh. Good choice. 7mo
AvidReader25 @Sarahreadstoomuch Aww, Adam has recommended some great books to me too! I read Perks back in college and it was such a pivotal book. I still have my book from 2013, Where‘d You Go, Bernadette? 7mo
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DivineDiana
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A coming of age story. Charlie has been discharged from a mental healthcare hospital. He has suffered from depression since childhood. As he begins high school, he is uneasy. Two seniors, Sam and her stepbrother,Patrick, like Charlie and bring him into their group. Charlie details his freshman year through letters to an unnamed friend. Realistic high school experiences. Touching and bittersweet. #bannedbook

catsuit_mango And for once I thought that the movie is a very good adaptation 8mo
DivineDiana @catsuit_mango Good to know! I will look for it! 8mo
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DivineDiana
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Latest Banned Book Club choice. I never saw the movie. #bannedbook

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theuserisfarah
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It was such a lovely book and super relatable. Loved the writing style and that it seemed like you were his friend it made me feel really attached to it.

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claripetrone
Las ventajas de ser invisible | Stephen Chbosky, Vanesa Perez-Sauquillo
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Es realmente uno de los mejores libros para adolescentes que leí.
Este libro trata del amor, de la amistad y las adicciones, la familia, la felicidad.
Stephen es capaz de hablar de drogas, adicciones y sexo con tanta naturalidad que te sorprende y después hablar de abusos, muerte, depresión y traumas tocándolo de maneras que te ponen genuinamente triste y te parten el alma.
Recomiendo mucho este libro para adolescentes de 15 años para arriba.

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britt_brooke
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A solid February! My overall favorite was my #reread of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A recent book challenge in our county brought on the revisit.

#FebruaryReads #FebruaryWrapUp #RightToRead

MyNamesParadise Oh I absolutely loved Perks! I‘m in the middle of the Prince Harry memoir. I just want to get to the part where me meets Meghan lol. 12mo
britt_brooke @MyNamesParadise I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Spare. Perks was a reread and I still love it!! 12mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this 10 years ago; still 5 stars now. Thank you, book challengers, for igniting this #reread. This epistolary representation of high school is undoubtedly one of the best YA stories I‘ve ever read. Charlie is coping with the tragic death of a friend, yet he finds beauty in new experiences and friendships. An important story that lets teens know they‘re not alone during these stressful, formative times.

#RightToRead

britt_brooke ⚠️ Challenged, and subsequently removed, for supposedly violating Tennessee‘s obscene content law. Absolutely false claims. Hoping our school board will do the proper thing and reinstate it. (edited) 13mo
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This lovely book is currently being challenged in our Tennessee county. It‘s been 10 years since I first read it, but gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ back then, so I‘m relishing this #reread. We‘re at indoor soccer training and I quite like being seen in public reading this right now. This book banning bullshit is relentless, but we‘ll keep fighting. #RightToRead

PS. Boo for movie tie-in covers. 🫣

TheBookHippie My daughter read the covers off her copy. It was such a comfort up her. It saddens me so much all the banning knowing how detrimental it will be for students. 13mo
CBee This is a favorite of mine and it baffles me why anyone would think it needs to be challenged or banned!! 😡 13mo
JackOBotts A beautiful read, such a shame it‘s being challenged. This was the first book that I passed from one friend to the next my sophomore year. I wanted everyone I cared about to read it. 💜 13mo
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RebL I worked for a used bookstore chain that booked Chbosky for an event. Hundreds of ppl showed, way more than expected. He couldn‘t sign everyone‘s book before he had to go to his next signing. He promised to come back that night & he did! He stayed until he met every patron—a few additional hours! He was also kind to bookstore staff. Nothing to do with banning, but everything to do with character. 13mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes! Boo to the movie tie-in covers. 99% of the time, they're worse. 13mo
MicheleinPhilly Book banning is indeed bullshit. 🤬 13mo
britt_brooke @CBee @JackOBotts @TheBookHippie Agree! And I swear, the banners never actually read the works in their entirety. They‘re very good at taking passages out of context and spinning it to fit their agenda. 13mo
britt_brooke @RebL That‘s so awesome!! 🤍✨ 13mo
britt_brooke @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Exactly. I usually go out of my way to avoid them! 13mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly 💯 - And it‘s been a mess in our county this school year. It‘s infuriating!! 13mo
Megabooks I will never ever understand wanting to keep books from kids! 13mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Me either. If you don‘t want your kid to read it, fine. But don‘t keep it from others. 13mo
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alindemann
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This was a cute book. I was a bit confused at times, but the message of the story was great.

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savvwavv
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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reading this in one setting is the way to go fr

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xicanti
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2001 Me was unimpressed with this much-lauded YA novel. I found Charlie, with his naïveté and his stilted prose style, unconvincing as a supposedly gifted English student, and that coloured my whole take.

It was still an issue for 2022 Me, but this time I did get caught up in its portrait of intense teenage friendship and self-discovery. It‘s an often beautiful book, even if Charlie does read much younger than 15-16, and I‘m glad I revisited it.

xicanti I should add that a big part of WHY I decided to revisit it is my recent dive into my teenage journals, which revealed I was a far less enlightened creature than I thought I was. Even though 15-year-old me wasn‘t a perfect writer, I do still feel like Charlie‘s prose reads very young and very stiff given his supposed aptitude. 1y
Ruthiella I read this when I was too old for it, for sure. But I suspect had I first read it as a teenager, I‘d feel differently. 1y
xicanti @Ruthiella I get the sense that most of the people who really, really connect with it did read it when they were in the 12-15 range, or when they were in similar circumstances to Charlie. I was 18 or 19 the first time and it didn‘t land for me at all. 1y
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Cinfhen
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#ManicMonday - The Tuesday edition 😉
@cbee
📕Tagged
✍🏻 Ann Patchett 💗
🍿 Princess Bride
🎤 Prince 💜
🎵 Pepas https://open.spotify.com/track/5fwSHlTEWpluwOM0Sxnh5k?si=

KarenUK Love your choices! Perks of being a Wallflower! 💕💔 1y
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JackOBotts
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#LittensWantToKnow

Yes!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - close to 10x
The Count of Monte Cristo - 2x
Pride and Prejudice - 2 or 3x

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! 🙌🏻📚 1y
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Missed this #littenswanttoknow question yesterday, so I‘m catching up. There are many quotes from books that I love so it‘s hard to pick a fave, but this book and this quote are at the top of the list!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You are right!! 1y
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This was one of my favorite books in high school. I think it came out my junior or senior year and a bunch of my friends read it. It really reminded us of us. I‘m heading back to my HS for my 20 year reunion next month and listened to the audio as a refresh of the infinite feeling of youth. I enjoyed the narrator, he felt like the voice Charlie should have. The 20 year follow up letter from the main character was heartwarming.

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suffisaunce
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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I was not the target age for this when it was released, but it was a fave of former students. I found it to be an innovative and goodhearted book.

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Rissa1
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This was heavy but great. It makes me a bit sad that I didn't read it years ago. #20in4

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Rissa1
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I plan to keep track of hours read. If I make it to 20 hours, great, but a more realistic for me would be 12 hours. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 2y
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Rissa1
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I met 3 of the 6 #JoysOfJune goals. I am happy though. Life got in the way but all were good reasons. My best friend came to town. My teenager actually wanted to have conversations with me. So I am considering this readathon a success. @Andrew65

Megabooks Great photo of you two! 2y
Andrew65 Well done, a great success! 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 2y
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SusanLee
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#bookmoods #aboutaddiction @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
I‘ve not watched the movie but the book was an awesome read!

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2y
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beenbee

“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”

“Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”

“I want to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that I do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That‘s why I‘m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

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beenbee

Everyone in the world needs to read this book and the quotes in it.

“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.”

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beenbee
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“I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

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beenbee

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anyone.”

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beenbee

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

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beenbee
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I read this book early in the year, before I started Litsy, and it was too impactful on my life to not write a review here. It‘s a heartbreaking coming-of-age story with a main character I relate to so much that it physically hurt at times. It lacks the usual cringe found in novels like these and instead has a dreadful and tragic but realistic plot and ending.

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MelKelsey
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Book 25

I listened to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a book I should have read by now. It's a coming of age story about a high school boy who struggles with depression. Similar to the movie made after it, the book reads like an iconic 80s film. 3.5 stars

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Jeanelle
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We FINALLY finished!! It was the most beautiful book I‘ve ever read and it had a twentieth anniversary letter from Charlie, which to be honest had me crying in the back of my car. I‘m so thankful to have bought it, if you haven‘t read it, do so, you must definitely willing be disappointed. No matter what kind of books you like, this book is perfect!

GondorGirl I remember reading this when it first came out and being stunned. And I still feel that way rereading it now. 2y
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Jeanelle
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Readers who get side tracked put your hands up! While reading ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ I ended up reading two books I have already read and loved. It‘s not that this book wasn‘t hooking me, it was, I just can‘t stay on task. We‘re working on in though😅

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Jeanelle
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I haven‘t shared my reading on here in a long time but I thought I should start again. When I saw ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower‘ at chapters I knew I had to give it a read based on how much I loved the movie. I‘m so SO ready to start reading!

kspenmoll Great to see you! 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
this is one of the best books I‘ve ever read! Ever! 💛💛💛

Jenken1998 One of my faves! 2y
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JoeyCants574
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8.7/10

“And if that meant that I would never get to think of you that way, as long as you were happy, it was ok. That‘s when I realized that I really loved you.”

“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

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freeatlast1137
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Charlie writes letters to an unknown person during his freshman year of high school.

I had seen the movie many years ago (I honestly don‘t remember much about it) and I was just expecting some coming of age book, but man, this was intense and crazy and good.

I do not like Sam at all, and definitely a dude wrote this book. That‘s all I will write because I forgot how to hide spoilers.

#wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

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ella.brandt
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Incredible book. One of my favorites. Definitely recommend.

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Cathyloves2read
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What an eye opener this book was. It was written from the perspective of a teenager who was going through many of the things I remember going through when I was his age. It really brought me back. Some of the thing he went through had the potential of negatively impacting his life. I hope that this book finds its way to the many young (and not so young) people who would benefit from reading it. It sends a great message.