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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Georgina by: Moisles Segundo, Donna Suva
Read from March 31 to April 01, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1st

Lovely, poignant book. Breezed through it (easy read), but took time to reflect on the protagonist's many reflections/quotable quotes (great thing). There were many lessons learned, and situations I could actually relate to. Themes of friendship, family, bullying, homosexuality, sex, gender, child abuse, relationships were explored.

I had struggled throughout The Perks of Being a Wallflower whether to give it four or five stars. I eventually settled for four, because I feel that I have encountered the book's format and heard the main character's voice before (They say The Catcher in the Rye, but I don't know. Maybe a cross between Catcher and Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time?).

Other than that, this book is a must-read. And if you love 80s/90s music (The Smiths, etc.), then you would really appreciate it more. The Smiths' "Asleep" must have been mentioned three hundred times in Perks.
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Reading Progress

03/31/2012 page 27
12.0% "Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve."
03/31/2012 page 30
13.0% "Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it's no excuse."
03/31/2012 page 51
22.0% "Downloading The Smiths' "Asleep" because the book's protagonist (Charlie) has mentioned it a gazillion times--and I'm only on p. 51"
03/31/2012 page 51
22.0% "The Smiths' Asleep is a sad sad song that I wouldn't want to hear anymore in this weather and in this condition #theperksofbeingawallflower"
03/31/2012 page 157
68.0% "It suddenly dawned on me that if Michael were still around, Susan probably wouldn't be "going out" with him anymore. Not because she's a bad person or shallow or mean. But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody."

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Marlet After my chronic indecision whether to read it or not, I should say, I'll read it after I saw your review. You had me at "easy read" :P

Georgina Ortiz Marley wrote: "After my chronic indecision whether to read it or not, I should say, I'll read it after I saw your review. You had me at "easy read" :P"

Super easy read te :) It's worth it :)

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