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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • By: Stephen Chbosky
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (467 ratings)

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By: Stephen Chbosky
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Summary

Now with a brand new afterword to mark the 20th anniversary of a beloved cult classic! The number one New York Times best-selling coming-of-age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant "wallflower" Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A number one New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teens (or "wallflowers" of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

©2017 Stephen Chbosky (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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A coming of age story with depth

I've always loved 'Perks', both the book and movie. I always felt a weird connection to Charlie and genuinely felt for him in the things that he goes through. Both in his quest to be socially accepted by his peers and in making friends. Charlie is loyal, considerate and smart, emotionally. He sees things with far more clarity than he gives himself credit for.

For my third reading of the book, I decided to listen to the audiobook. For the most part Noah does a great job reading, however it was hard to hear a voice different to Logan (who played him in the movie), but Noah is animated and pleasant to listen to.

All in all this is an absolute recommendation.

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Always a favourite

I think this will always be a book that helps in the darkest times. The performance was pretty great too, made it more immersive

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Holy shit

I don’t think I can put into words the experience that is this book. Quite ironic since Charlie says how weird it is to call a book and experience.

This is a coming of age story dealing with relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, self discovery and so much more

The character Charile is likeable and relatable and all the other characters are just as interesting

Both the author and the reader of this story do a fantastic job at making each character feel distinct.

I would recommend this book to anyone and it now takes the place for my all time favourite

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profound

A brilliant book.
Will help many: hopefully as much as it did me.
Happy reading!

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incredible

cried at how much I can relate to charlie. amazing book. better than the film

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love always

I don't say this lightly but this is my favourite book of all time.

The performance does the book justice and an outstanding coming of age story. no matter what age you are read this book!

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Companionship Compendium

Sensitively narrated, filled with relatable characters, emotions & turns of phrase, this edition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower stands as a testament to the power of literature to move and to comfort

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Great Story, Lacking Good Audio Quality

Really good. Very memorable but the last added chapter isn't good at all is just like letter from the author

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perfect

This changed my life in college. Rereading it at age 29, I've relieved all the epiphanies I'd forgotten about since my first read. This book makes me feel okay about how hard life is.

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One of my all time favourites.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a beautiful listen. The characters are so real that it can be uncomfortable at times, because they reflect moments in your life when you felt most uncomfortable. I come back to this book again and again.

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