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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Contributor(s): Chbosky, Stephen (Author)

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ISBN: 0671027344     ISBN-13: 9780671027346
Publisher: MTV Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 1999
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Annotation: Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Coming Of Age
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 99236288
Age Level: 14-17
Grade Level: 9-12
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.6" H x 5" W x 6.9" (0.45 lbs) 256 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 1990's
- Geographic Orientation - Pennsylvania
- Topical - Adolescence/Coming of Age
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended, Fourteen and Up, 1999
Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 01/15/1999 pg. 83
Publishers Weekly 01/25/1999 pg. 73
Booklist 02/15/1999 pg. 1038
School Library Journal 06/01/1999 pg. 126
ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/2000 pg. 1340
ALA Recmd for Reluctant YA's 01/01/2000 pg. 1361
Booklist 06/01/2001 pg. 1863
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 32374
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
 
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Publisher Description:
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 new 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.


Contributor Bio(s): Chbosky, Stephen: - Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the feature film adaptation of his award-winning novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He has worked in film and television, on projects including the film version of the smash-hit musical Rent; the TV show Jericho; and others. He also edited Pieces, a collection of short stories for Pocket Books. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chbosky graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenChbosky.
 
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