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3.94923076923077 out of 53.94923076923077 out of 53.94923076923077 out of 53.94923076923077 out of 53.94923076923077 out of 5 3.95 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Chbosky Narrator: Noah Galvin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 1999 ISBN: 9781470331795
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Told through a series of letters, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Charlie, a shy and unpopular high school freshman growing up in suburban Pittsburg during the early 1990's. Still reeling from the recent suicide of his lone friend several months prior, Charlie embarks upon his freshman year with a great deal of apprehension. He soon gains two new friends in Patrick and his beautiful step-sister Sam - both seniors at his school. Charlie soon finds himself growing attracted to Sam and together the trio explores high-school life and parties together, with Charlie being introduced to new friends and numerous new experiences that change his life dramatically. Inspired by his English teacher's encouragement Charlie begins putting down his thoughts in the form of letters written to an unknown person. Charlie's intimate letters reveal a world of awkward first dates and teenage angst; new friends and music, sexual experiences and drugs. Through his letters we gain insight into his fragile emotional state and his eventual coming to grips with his deeply troubled past and family life.

Deeply moving and emotionally provocative, Stephen Chbosky's critically acclaimed 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' is a well-crafted and poignant novel that touchingly reminds us all of the awkwardness of growing up in suburban America.

Most people think fifteen-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/24/2012

    " I loved this book. It's a good coming-of-age story about high school. And Charlie might be a "wallflower," but he's still the best character of the novel, alongside Patrick and Sam. It's a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 5/24/2011

    " I can see how it's a coming of age story and all, but I can't relate to the mind of a teenage boy. Overall, it was just ok for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roriel | 5/23/2011

    " This book would have to be my favorite. I could relate much to the main character, so that's probably why. The events and happenings in this novel leave you wondering what is to happen next. It's definately a book I never wanted to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/21/2011

    " Sacre bleu! Amazing! Classic! Powerful! Bingo! Yahtzee! I apologize to all who may be offended for not having read this sooner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " Overrated, simplistic, pop culture garbage. For those who pretend to be angsty and have never grown up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 5/19/2011

    " One of my favorite books in the world. Simple, yet intense. Very unique, with its narrative and particularly intriguing characters. It's not terribly unpredictable, but it doesn't have to be. It's like poetry, speaking directly to your teenage soul. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaci | 5/19/2011

    " I decided to read this book because so many people recommended it, but I was a little bit disappointed. The story was okay but nothing special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily.a.j. | 5/18/2011

    " This book kept my attention very well. I started reading and didn't want to put it down. I have always struggled to get immersed in books and while reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower I thought, "oh so this is why people like reading" lol "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fnaste | 5/17/2011

    " .. things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody. A good read. Finished it in one sitting which I totally regret because one should savor the flavor of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2011

    " And in that moment. . . I swear we were infinite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 5/17/2011

    " A story of friendship, death, vices, party, school, friends, family and more. This is a narrative story by Charlie. He is somewhat different but still find true friends. He is kind hearted and can cope up to anything. He always cry, but it's just his nature. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky wrote and directed the film adaptation of his novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A native of Pittsburgh, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s filmic writing program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film adaptation of Rent and cocreated the postapocalyptic television drama Jericho.

About the Narrator

Noah Galvin has performed in numerous regional and off-Broadway plays, including performances in Yosemite, Treasure Island, Our Town, and Broadway Kids. Also a narrator, he has read books by Stephen Chbosky and Matthew Quick, among others.