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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Apr 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: books-4-children, edu-543-lit-4-children-project, ya
Recommended for: wallflowers
Read 2 times. Last read April 19, 2009.

I grew up in Eastern Ohio in the 80s and 90s, just 40 minutes from the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and I can almost swear I know these people. Chbosky's book might be a little too culturally specific to Western PA/Eastern OH for some people, because for the life of me, that is the only reason I can think of for why people are complaining about this book. (Even though some of the biggest whiners are fans of Twilight and Harry Potter, so I should just keep my mouth shut and consider the source).

Anyway. There are so many passages in this book that hit the nail on the proverbial head. From going into the city on weekends (my friends and I didn't hit the golf courses so much as the cemeteries, but it's still capturing the same kinds of moments), to that first glimpse of fresh air coming out of the mountain on the other side of the tunnel, to wandering around knowing there's not much to do no matter where you go, this book is pure nostalgia. And he even got the soundtrack right.

"We accept the love we think we deserve" and "Not everyone has a sob story" and "Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music" are some phrases that have that elusive literary TRUTH we're always talking about.

And that part about the mix tapes? Where Charlie thinks that he'd like to think he'll still have his mix tapes when he's older and remember where he was when he listened to them?

I'm the girl with the mix tapes that still does that from time to time. I'm 31 years old. And this book, while it may not be for everyone, is a book with which I can identify.

If you don't agree, I'm not offended. I've always been the kid that buys the popular kid the good music.

Only this isn't high school, and I don't have to convince anybody of anything.

Good Read.

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We accept the love we think we deserve.
“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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