Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

(hb; 1999: YA novel)

From the back cover:

"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.

"The Perks of Being  A Wallflower is a story about what it's like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school, the world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends,  of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up."


Relatable, pure-in-its-sweetness and voice-true novel of youth that made me laugh and get teary-eyed in a few key parts.

For those not put off by Rocky and PG-13 mentions of sex and drugs, check it out.  This is one of the best YA novels I've read in a long while.


The resulting film was released stateside on October 12, 2012.

Logan Lerman played Charlie.  Emma Watson played Sam.  Ezra Miller played Patrick.  Mae Whitman played Elizabeth Mary.

Dylan McDermott played "Father".   Kate Walsh played "Mother"  Melanie Lynskey played Aunt Helen..  Tom Savini played Mr. Callahan.  Paul Rudd played Mr. Anderson.    Joan Cusack played Dr. Burton.

Stephen Chbosky, author of the book, scripted and directed the film.

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