Reader reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

AMAZING!
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5
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Loved it!
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lovely
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Bom enredo. Eu adoro o filme tanto pela história quanto pelos atores.
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its perfectly amused me
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really good book
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6 word review: Struggling with life? You're not alone.
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I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started to read this book. I vaguely knew that it was about an outsider at school (as so many of my preferred books are!). It's set in the early 1990s and the book is an MTV publication, which made me think it was of that time when corporations were desperately trying to make money out of the grunge music scene. The music in this book stays in the background though, unlike say Well by Matthew McIntosh or Bongwater by Michael Hornburg.Our narrator is 15 year-old Charlie, and the book takes the form of a series of letters he is writing to an unknown person. Charlie has a history of mental illness, but he's back at school, enjoying advanced English classes, reading and making new friends. He has a loving and supportive family.Charlie's English teacher advises him to participate in life, so he begins to attend dances, and befriends Sam and Patrick, a brother and sister who are slightly older than him, and who open his eyes to a life outside of school and the possibility of girlfriends and other new experiences. We are to believe that Charlie's innate sensitivity and thoughtfulness are the qualities that endear him to two older students who already appear to have their own lives.However believable you think Charlie's character is, the book is undeniably sweet and moving in its descriptions of Charlie's family life and in his relationships with others, and particularly when he begins to realise the roots of his illness. I found Charlie's voice strange at first - maybe too young and naive for a 15 year-old, but the reasons for this become apparent as the book moves on. I definitely liked it more than I thought I would.
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A quirky book told from journal entries of a 14 year old boy as he navigates high-school and many social situations.
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