The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Paperback)
|Author: Stephen Chbosky|
From the Publisher:
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
At 15, Charlie is a sweet, naive boy who wears his heart on his sleeve. Through letters to an unknown person, his straightforward, piercing observations about his dysfunctional family, his loving friends, and his own confusing feelings betray the painful, exhilarating process of growing up. Deeply affected by the death of his beloved Aunt Helen and the suicide of his best friend, Charlie often quietly explodes with emotion. He prefers to study life rather than live it, but a burgeoning friendship with Patrick and his stepsister, Sam, take Charlie out of his books and into a world filled with mix-tapes, crushes, long conversations, parties, drugs, and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. A bittersweet coming-of-age story.