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Donna (dfiggz) | 1332 comments I just got word tha it is waiting for me at the library but I can't make it there until Saturday because the library always has some crazy hours.

I can't wait to get to it though!

Dialma I just remember reading this 14 years ago, when I was in college. I was very naive then and reading some of the chapters made me very uncomfortable. It was a hard book for me to read. I agree with Ryan, it was a very realistic way of portraying hard subjects, and it does shows the consequences.

Misty | 1505 comments Ryan wrote: "That's an interesting list, Fiona. I wasn't offended by anything in Perks, because I don't think anything was presented in any kind of glamorized way. It's just realistic, and the consequences are ..."

That is an excellent way to put it, Ryan. It's like the whole obscenity thing, 'I'll know it when I see it' -- there is some serious, heavy stuff going on in this book, and it's absurd to think it's inappropriate for teens because teens go through it.

Anyway, I can't begin to tell you all how fabulous I think this book is; it's one of my favorites, and I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 342 comments Fiona wrote: "This book is under the theme of 'banned/challenged books'

Here is a list of books and the reasons behind their being challenged: http://www.abffe.com/bbw-booklist-det... I didn't want to p..."

The ABFFE is a great site, Fiona. I posted some others on the discussion thread where the book choice was announced, but I'm going to copy and paste them here, too.

Some great links for banned books are:
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/ba... (This American Library Association site gives other resources, too.)





Misty | 1505 comments !!!! HUGE SPOILERS !!!!

Ryan wrote: "**Possible spoilers** for anyone who's still reading.

I didn't think it was a bad read at all, I only gave it two stars, BUT that was because there were lingering questions that I had when I f..."

Charlie was molested by his aunt. He's repressed it for a long time, and his family doesn't want to acknowledge it. He cries a lot and acts the way he does because his life has revolved around this traumatic thing that he never acknowledges. I mean, there could be more to it than that, he could have been an easy target because of some other factors, but the molestation was a huge factor.

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 342 comments Misty wrote: "Ryan wrote: "That's an interesting list, Fiona. I wasn't offended by anything in Perks, because I don't think anything was presented in any kind of glamorized way. It's just realistic, and the cons..."

Misty, I wholeheartedly agree with you that it is absurd trying to keep teens from reading books that they can actually relate to.

Donna (dfiggz) | 1332 comments Well, I skipped over all of the SPOILERS becuase I am only about 61 pages in but I gotta admit that I am enjoying it. I get a little frustrated with the writing but I keep telling myself that a kid is writing it so I just imagine him telling me a story as I read.

Misty | 1505 comments Ryan wrote: "SPOILERS

Misty, I'd thought that Charlie's aunt was just the person he felt most emotionally connected to, and that he blamed himself for her death. But for me, that still didn't add up to him..."

Yeah, he was closest to her and she was his favorite person, and she took advantage of that. Go back to the part where Charlie's alone with Sam and they kiss, and she touches him and he starts shaking. That's where it's revealed.

Donna (dfiggz) | 1332 comments OHHHH I get it now!!! I just went back and read that part Misty and it makes complete sense!!!!

I really did enjoy the book and I felt that it was real I did have a few issues but overall I still felt it was a good quick read.

Misty | 1505 comments Ha! Glad I could clear things up.

message 11: by Paul (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul | 16 comments My commentary revolves around my personal connections to this book. I appreciated this book even with the profanity and odd social experiences because that was my life in high school from 1991-1995. I remember what it was like to be outcasted in certain situations wishing to tell someone about those experiences. Some books can be celebrated for their literary quality, and some need to be celebrated more for their subject matter that teens can relate to (reading as therapy for some of them). An outcasted student can feel like they are the only ones experiencing such feelings. Books like this show them that they aren't alone. I know teens still go through these very experiences because I see it daily which explains the popularity of this book for my students. I have two copies of this book in my classroom library and it is one of few books that are tattered and taped together because my students still connect to it and share it with each other (the ultimate purpose of classroom-library books).

Misty | 1505 comments Well said, Paul. Agree 100%

message 13: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo I read this book over a year ago and it is still fairly fresh in my mind. It's one of my all time favourites.

Heather Bree (blackdotbug) I cried when I finished this book. The poignancy and matter-of-fact style of writing really spoke to me. Charlie wasn't a kid who was all "woe-is-me" angsty. He was dealing with some really difficult stuff and honestly trying to work his way through it. He was a bottler and you really had to pay attention to appreciate his point of view, and I loved how the people who really saw Charlie actually spoke up and told him how wonderful he was. And I loved that he was never really comfortable with that.

Misty | 1505 comments I agree 100%, Heather.

Meera Hi, I'm Stephen Chbosky's assistant, Meera. He really appreciates and is truly honored to have you read and discuss his book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The movie version of Perks, which Stephen also wrote, is being released nationwide in the US today, October 12th, and he would love to invite you to see it. To find showtimes or theaters, visit http://www.facebook.com/WallflowerMov...

Thank you so much for all the support, it really means a lot to Steve. We hope you love the movie as much as we do!

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