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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Dec 31, 2012

really liked it

I can understand why some people don't like this book. I honestly think that if you don't know and love a Charlie (or someone with Charlie-esque qualities), he would be a hard character to swallow. He is over-emotional and yet emotionally detached. He's also socially and emotionally immature, but brilliant in many ways. I immediately assumed that Charlie is on the autism spectrum, but I know that this book was written before autism became a widely talked-about issue, so I don't know if this was the author's intention or not. (Honestly, I think he's on the spectrum whether the author intended it or not). I think that this book gives you powerful insight into the mind of a person with autism and would highly recommend it for this aspect of the book. However, be forewarned if you're considering this book for your teenager that it contains a lot of scenes that involve drugs and sex.
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Courtney Whisenant Hmmm...I hadn't considered the autism spectrum but I can see that.


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