Stephen Chbosky ô 0 FREE DOWNLOADMy 13 year old bought this supposed coming of age book on When it arrived I noticed it was lauded by the New York Times and was from MTV Given the usual type of stuff that comes out of these two I thought I better have a look in it first Topics include sex homosexuality abortion erversions involving food Modern Art Death of a Culture perversions involving animals drug abuse alcohol abuse and That s what I found by casually leafing through a fewages Who knows what else is in there If you are associating coming of age with some Judy Book You Read you read in 8th grade think again Nobody under 18 should be reading this First of all I respect any opinion that this is a great book But I must say I am confounded by the thousands of five star reviews because not only do I not see that but I actively aggressively disliked The Perks of Being a Wallflower which would have been aptly titled The Perks of Being Weird and WeepyI was not ut off or bothered by the sex drinking drugs language or some of the other things which seemed to have burned some readers eyes although I will add that anyone who really believes these are not elements regularly encountered in the life of the average high school student has robably not been to high school since the days of one room schoolhouses My criticisms mostly have to do with the characterizations almost exclusively centered on our main character and narrator CharlieCharlie is a character who had a lot of Das Unbewusste vom Standpunkt der Physiologie und Descendenztheorie possibilities all mostly missed He waffles between well beyond high schoolrofundity and confounding childishness One minute he s ondering the meaning of life with some real intuitiveness sometimes
And The Next Hethe next he wrapped up in some kind of nauseatingly twee description of something Do you know what a Secret Santa is And who ray is the friend on the other end of these letter entries This friend whose Love Letters persona woul. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming of age story that will spirit you back to those wild andoignant roller coaster days known as growing up Now a major motion icture starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman Stephen Chbosky's new film Wonder starring Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts is out now Charlie is a freshman And while he's not the biggest geek in the schoo. .
D seem to have had enough rotations around the "SUN TO KNOW ABOUT SEX LSD POT HEROIN ETC "to know about sex LSD ot heroin etc has never heard of a Secret Santa or masturbation Is this like the Kitty of Anne Frank s diary or is this a real erson We never know and the Dear Friend salutations and the Love Always closings uickly become tiresome when at the outset the diaryletter approach seemed like a cool ideaAs other reviewers have asked is Charlie meant to have some intellectual disability or isn t he In reading it almost made me angry that I wasn t given enough evidence to form a conclusion because that may or may not have formed my conclusions of the character or at the very least made me forgiving of the way this character is drawnWorst of all the crying Charlie tells us I started crying so many times I lost count The crying aside if you can Λίγη Ζωή put it aside I really can t it is impossible to tell whether the rudimentary descriptions of Charlie s feelings are devices on theart of the author or are just egregious examples of a breaking with show don
t tell I wanted to be happy it was my birthday but I felt upset but I felt sad Itell I wanted to be happy it was my birthday but I felt upset but I felt sad I getting really upset It is simply not believable that the same character who is capable of a critical reading of The Fountainhead describes himself and his feelings as if he had just made a guest appearance on Mr Rogers Neighborhood The result of all this messiness is a character that I not only didn t understand or sympathize with but aggressively loathedIt is also simply not believable that the group of cool fringe kids none of whom has a lot going for them either depth wise would have the time of day for this sappy weirdo By the time it was finally revealed that Charlie s ast held a otential explanation for some of his feelings and behavior I simply didn t care I haven t disliked a central character this much in a long tim. L he is by no means opular Shy introspective intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward he is a wallflower caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory the world of first dates and mix tapes family dramas and new friends; the world of sex drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show when all one. E but the The Ulfric's Mate problem is I don t think the author intended him to be unlikableSo Dear Friend to each his own but it s not my own The book starts with a school Principal announcing that a teenager has killed himself Later on the main character accidentally walks in on his sister having sex Then we find out that she sregnant and she is going to get an abortion Also in the book there is a rape scene and the main character describes it as it happens The book is full of foul language The characters discuss drugs and drinking The cover has a uote from USA Today describing it as a coming of age novel I am fifteen and don t think having an abortion should be considered a normal coming of age activity It should be discussed and talked about as a Alans Letters problem This book makes it seem that rape and abortion are normal when they shouldn t be It s repulsive and depressing I did not love this book and do not understand itsopularity I think my biggest concern that I cannot seem to get over the fact that this kid has been abused and then witnesses another abuse without intervening Maybe
the draw is for those who have been through similar situations I just can t relate Itdraw is for those who have been through similar situations I just can t relate It disturbs me that Charlie seems to send such What's Your Body Telling You?: Listening to Your Body's Signals to Stop Anxiety, Erase Self-Doubt and Achieve True Wellness personal information to what appears to be a complete stranger I am glad that he found a friend in his teacher who suggested he read many books several of which I would now also like to readThat being said I see noerks to being a wallflower at all The kid is abused and allowswatches things happen to himself and others I think the only attraction to this book must be to be a voyeur into a messed up teenage boy "S LifeThe Young Man Who "lifeThe young man who I read this book had a similar life so I can understand why he related and loved it so much My heart goes out to him and the author who Old Electrical Wiring: Maintenance Retrofit probably also lived through a similar situation. Reuires is thaterfect song on that Sweet Dreams: A Pediatrician's Secrets for Baby's Good Night's Sleep perfect drive to feel infinite But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever Standing on the fringes of life offers a uniueerspective But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor'A coming of age tale in the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace often inspirational and always beautifully written' USA Today. ,