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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This is a YA book set in 1991/1992. I enjoyed it very much. The main character is a freshman in high school who hangs out with a bunch of seniors. The book is constructed from a series of letters from this kid to an unknown reader, supposedly us. It reads like a diary in that the kid says a lot of things he wouldn't normally tell anyone. I enjoyed a lot of the honesty, and the mixed tapes. The problem I have with the book is that the parents never notice their child's descent into drugs and alcohol. He seems to spend many nights out late with these older kids. I assume that I won't be as good/bad of a parent, but who knows. By the end he fbegf bhg nyy bs uvf ceboyrzf naq unf fjbea bs qehtf naq nypbuby. Jurer ner gur nqqvpgf. Bu jnvg ur qbrf pbagvahr gb fzbxr ohg ur unf cebzvfrq uvf fvfgre ur jvyy dhvg.


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  • Ah, how impending parenthood changes one's perspective. I almost horked coffee reading a JTF post bemoaning parents' failure to notice their kid's missing curfew, etc.

    By Anna, at 4:02 PM  

  • My old roommate loves this book and recommended it to me. The ending caught me completely off guard. Granted, I was doing a read/skim as opposed to a full read, but I still felt like it came out of nowhere.

    By evt1618, at 9:59 AM  

  • I am thinking that the author felt like he left enough hints along the way, but I don't really think so. It caught me off guard as well.

    By Jason, at 3:42 PM  

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