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12/28/2005

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Filed under: Books,Reviews — site admin @ 5:39 pm

The book is unassuming in its yellow cover, a small photo in the top right corner of the book’s front. It is written by the protaganist “Charlie”, for whom we know no last name. Charlie recounts his freshman year in school through a series of letters to someone he merely calls “friend”. It has been compared to “Catcher in the Rye”, but truthfully I don’t remember the Catcher. I do however remember what school was like at 15. And this book replays those years in its sincerity and style. It has caused a minor ruckus in the public schools here due to the superintendent calling for its removal from school libraries due to sexual content and accounts of illicit drug use. Apparently, Tom Horne thinks kids never experiment on their own and must get the idea from expressions of the First Amendment. While I might not allow my oldest to read it right now (she’s 13), it’s not something that will be banned in this house. It’s not a drunken, drugged orgy from cover to cover – it’s an honest, sometimes heartbreaking story of one young man’s journey through the mentally scary halls of high school.
Since this is Stephen Chbosky’s first novel I can only hope that he turns out many more quality pieces that can fascinate and educate our kids in a way that reminds them they are not alone.

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