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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Jan 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: recommend, ya
Read from February 24 to March 11, 2013

This book is written in the form of letters to an unknown person both to the reader and Charlie, himself. Charlie is about to start high school and is scared about what that entails. His best friend committed suicide over the summer and Charlie is also dealing with other issues that are so deep-seeded that he has no idea what they are. Luckily, Charlie takes a chance and sits with Patrick, a senior, at a football game. Patrick and his step-sister, Sam, take Charlie under their wing and introduce him to so many people and experiences.

Charlie is also lucky in his English teacher, who realizes Charlie’s brilliance, and gives Charlie books outside of the curriculum to read. Every book that Charlie reads becomes his new favorite book. Charlie is quirky and honest and someone you find you are rooting for in this story. You fall in love with Sam, find Patrick eccentric and want to help Charlie’s sister as well.

I enjoyed this story, though it is difficult to read about the pain and anguish that Charlie does experience. You want Charlie to get better, and you also want him to learn to cope with his feelings with a way that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol. He lives on the fringe of life, but he has two wonderful friends who make sure that Charlie is all right, even though they are a few years older than him and about ready to graduate from high school.

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