Module 15: the perks of being a wallflower

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 at 6:25 am

Book Summary:  A boy named, Charlie is facing difficulties in high school.  He is trying to find his place in school as a freshman and tries to make friends.  Throughout the book he writes to someone anonymous about his life through high school.  He writes letters describing his day and friends to someone.  He makes friends with Patrick and Sam who are seniors in high school.  He considers his favorite event throughout his first year in high school is when he watched The Rocky Horror Show.  He experiences drugs, sex, and deceit.  Charlie deals with relationships, family and friends.  He talks about everything from his sister, and as he describes his aunt and friends.  However, a surprising detail about his aunt shocks the reader about the issue.   He deals with his first year in high school and has his only friends graduating from high school.  Charlie learned to deal with his problems and chose a girl that he had things in common.

Chbosky, S.  (1999).  the perks of being a wallflower.  New York, NY:  Gallery Books.

Impressions:  Reading the book was unpredictable but I was instantly interested in the book.  Charlie is writing to an anonymous friends and writes it like a diary.  The language was interesting or was an issue but I got over it.  The only event that he written that was trauma was his aunt touching him.  He wrote about her like he looked up to her.  This was an unpredictable event that may have had people challenge.  The issues in the book create sensitivity of different difficult issues.  Drugs, sex, and deceit is every indulgence of the book.  The book was interesting to read and I got my sister and friends to read it before the movie came out this year.

Professional Review:

N. Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

[Review of the the perks of being a wallflower, by S.C].

Retrieved from  http://www.trussvillelibrary.com/2012/03/book-review-the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower/

“I liked that because the book is Charlie’s journal it’s easy to connect to, and it’s able to connect to teens on different levels. This book is intended for mature, older teens due to the drug usage, language, and profanity. Even with these things being a part of the book don’t let it stop you from reading this great book.”

Library Uses:  The book can be showcased during banned book month during October.  Since it recently became a movie there can be a day devoted for young adults to talk about the book and watch the movie.  The censorship of a book makes it fun to showcase different books that have been banned and show kids and parents that reading is valued and it’s up to the parents to teach children what is ethical and moral.  The discussion of the book can help those that have questions about the book.


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