The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 29, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 224 pages
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 years-long #1 New York Times bestseller, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Readers, 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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User Review  - Charon07 - LibraryThing

A Catcher in the Rye–like coming-of-age story. I was really pleased that it seemed free of melodrama and major trauma—an ordinary teen's life—but we did get the obligatory wallop near the end ... Read full review

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User Review  - jobinsonlis - LibraryThing

I have to admit that at first I wasn't feeling this book. Charlie and I were on two different wavelengths, one of which was much weepier than the other and prone to sounding younger than fifteen by ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
18
Section 3
21
Section 4
28
Section 5
42
Section 6
46
Section 7
56
Section 8
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Section 16
142
Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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About the author (2010)

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his award-winning novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has worked in film and television, on projects including the film version of the smash-hit musical Rent; the TV show Jericho; and others. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California’s Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.

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