The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Stephen Chbosky
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Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. 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. 

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Brianne Moore, Scottish Book Trust Website Editor, says: "This book is all about new things - both good and bad. The emotionally sensitive though endearing narrator starts off both dreading and anticipating his freshman year of high school. Over the next 12 months, he makes a lot of discoveries - dating, literature, heartbreak and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, to name just a few - and makes, loses, and regains friends. Though he grapples with some serious issues (just about every bad thing that can happen to a teenager comes up at some point in the novel), somehow the mood remains fairly buoyant and optimistic."