FEBRUARY: Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hello Ladies!


(Sorry this wasn't on the 15th, been battling the flu... there's always something getting us away from our beloved PW, right??)


This book is a fairly easy read, written in a journal/letter style. It also is a moving coming out!


KINDLE $3.99


NOOK $3.99


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Barnes and Nobel has it, Amazon has it available with PRIME if you are a prime member.


Betterworldbooks.com now has Ebooks available! I am not sure if this one is available on their system. you can Check it out HERE


Okay, here is a the Amazon book description:


"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.





since its publication, stephen chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, and inspired a major motion picture.


 


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."


 


Alrighty ladies! Now, No "Spoilers" about the plot until AT LEAST the 15th of February. It is great to discuss characters, initial reactions to the first few pages, the format, etc. before then. Around the 15th I will type up some of the questions from the authors portion to get us going, but if you have other questions you want to pose at that point, feel free! Can't wait to read with you all and see what you think!




Posted on January 17, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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OH! Also, CHECK your public Library! This is actually a pretty "old" novel in terms of popular YA lit, so there's a good chance your library has it/multiple copies, or can do an inter library loan in time :)

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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I wish I brought my Nook to my SIL's house now so I could have purchased it to read.


Seems like an interesting topic and it will be nice to be able to discuss it with all of you wonderful ladies.


Currently I am reading Pure by Julianna Baggott which is one of her many pen names. I will say she is really not worth reading. I am only finishing it because I always finish what I started no matter how badly written.


 

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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I REALLY wanted to start for this month's, but I am going to have to wait until the next month.  : ( 


I am working an extra job for a few months to help us out, as is DH, so I don't think I would have time to read much.  Darn! 


Amanda, this sounds like an AWESOME book that I would enjoy; so I will keep it on my list to read. 

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm
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Yay!  I can't wait to read it.  Downloading it right now!

Posted on January 19, 2013 at 8:19 am
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Downloaded it - yay!  Hope I can get into it before I start teaching my next class...

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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I read this one a few years back. I wonder if I can find my old copy and reread with you all. If not I'll be interested in seeing your contributions. I 'm sure it will refresh my memory a bit!

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:32 am
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Sounds Good Nichole! :D I picked it up yesterday... and, um. well, let's just say I have PLENTY of time to work on the questions I have. or, you know... read it again. ha!

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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How LONG is this book?  I think I may have gotten a bad download, because I just seem to have like 50 pages or so???  Can't be right?  will have to try and get it "fixed" or resent... (sigh)

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 2:13 am
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When I downloaded it, it was I think a little less than 150 pages.  Make sure you just get the sample.


By the way, I can't wait until we can discuss this!

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm
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Just downloaded it -so excited to start :)


 

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:12 am
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Alrighty so! You may or may not have already started reading. When discussing, keep in mind we are all in different places, so, in the words of River: "Spoliers!"(Doctor Who reference, for those not familiar with the man in the blue box quotes)


So, after reading at least the first entry:


# 1:What do you think of the main character?


# 2:Are you engaged in the writing style?


 


I'll go ahead and answer, and my take on it is going to be a little... I don't know, I've read the book too many times to count, so I may have a very different take on it because of that.


#1: I am intrigued by the main character Charlie. In my reading of it, and I cannot get this out of my head, he is a very plainspoken person, also to the point of not quite at the developmental markers of his peers. I like him, though. I feel he is drawn to  kindness, which I don't think can ever be a bad trait in a character.


#2: This style reads quickly for me, and I do like it. I have trouble stopping, though, which is always difficult, lol! It balances well for me and the direct addressing of someone else makes it very readable to me. Maybe I like it because I was obsessed with the Dear America historical fiction series when I was young, and diary type writing always brings on a sense of nostalgia.


 


Okay, Now, PLEASE feel free to add any other questions, but if you get to the end, or find yourself looking at reading club questions, don't worry, I will post those about halfway into the month. I want to give everyone a chance to get into it and not worry about the questions until later.


Happy Reading!


 


 


 

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Thank you for the DW reference--I love saying "Spoilers!" in River's voice...


I have actually finished the book, but I will comment on these two questions and try to keep it as spoiler-free as possible.


# 1:What do you think of the main character?


As I read, I just had this strange feeling about Charlie.  I couldn't put my finger on it, but he seemed so much younger than he is, and I couldn't figure out why for the longest time.  I also couldn't help but think that his role was very similar to Nick Carraway's in The Great Gatsby--while commentating on those around him and almost narrating their lives, he is still very much drawn in.  I don't know if that made any sense...


# 2:Are you engaged in the writing style?


I like the simplistic writing style; I did want to know who he was writing to (and as we get to discuss what's in the book later, I'll get more into that), but I also felt myself wanting to know more.  

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I just started it last night so I'll wait until I get a bit further to answer :)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the most often challenged YA books. Now, after reading this novel, do you think the parents' objections are justified? Does this book deserve to be banned from school libraries?


 


What do you think of Charlie, at the end of the Novel?


 


How do you feel about some of the subjects raised in this novel?


 


What does "feeling infinite" mean to you?


 


What do you think of the music references?


What about the book references?


 


Why do you think the author titled the book "Perks of Being a Wallflower?"


 


Do you "get" the ending?


 


 


Alright, there are a few questions to get us started. feel free to pose others, as well. You DON'T have to answer all of these. I know we are already a wonderful community of thoughtful people, but PLEASE remember when you are writing about this novel that some of the hard situations faced by the characters are very personal to those who have had experiences similar. We never know who we could be affecting with harsh words, so remember that when writing about your reactions. :) thanks!

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What do you think of Charlie, at the end of the Novel?


In some ways, I do feel sorry for him...the fact that he went through a traumatic event that was one of the biggest invasions a person could ever experience (sorry, trying to keep this a bit vague for those who still haven't finished the book) and in many ways was a victim to himself.  The scene of intimacy between Charlie and Sam was truly heartbreaking in the effect that it had on Charlie.  Despite all of this, I really did feel a sense of hope in his healing.  It would be a difficult road, but something about Charlie made me feel that he would make it.


How do you feel about some of the subjects raised in this novel?


I thought it was an honest portrayal of some serious issues that teens face today--the desire of acceptance, the awkward nature of adolescence, discovering self and dealing with the frustration of others trying to deny who they are.  I understand that many of the social issues raised are considered taboo by some, but I also feel that they must be discussed, and I think Perks does this quite tastefully.  It is truly a shame that it is challenged so much as I think it could reach so many people.


What does "feeling infinite" mean to you?


It's the ultimate freedom--that moment in time where there is nothing holding you to the gruesome reality of this world.  Very much like Sam going through the tunnel--she has complete and utter freedom to get lost in sound and wind and everything that she knows of this earth just leaves her.  It is that moment when you are truly yourself.


What do you think of the music references?


I found them quite interesting and a bit different, but so very important.  Today's youth (and many people in general) find music as a way to not only escape but to express what they're feeling.  And it's not even so much the words as the actual music itself.  Considering that each character had something deep within themselves that they had to deal with (because, let's face it, most, if not all, have something deep within ourselves that we have to deal with and that we want to keep secret), music was key to that.


What about the book references?


It makes sense to me, and most of them (if I remember correctly) dealt with self-discovery.  I found it interesting that some of them were from the Beat generation for personal / professional reasons; a fellow teacher and I were discussing how our students may be able to relate to the poetry of the Beat generation as there are definite similarities between these two.  However, I remember having the same discussion with a friend of mine in college (around the time this book was published) about our generation.  So I don't know if this had something to do with the books referenced, but I feel like it could be a possibility.


Why do you think the author titled the book "Perks of Being a Wallflower?"


When people think of a wallflower, they think of it as an unfortunate status; for Charlie and his group of friends, he is a bit of a wallflower.  There's this desire to belong, and in some ways he does, but he also feels very much on the outside looking in (though not as much with Sam and Patrick).  He has found some comfort in that, though.  He is the observer, very much a Nick Carraway type (to reference a previous comment of mine), and in some ways, he seems to enjoy it despite the longing.


Do you "get" the ending?


Yes, I did, and might I say, I didn't see it coming (maybe I was just too clueless?).  At first it felt like it came out of left field, but then it made sense, and Charlie made even more sense.  And this is where I get the feeling of hope--things will be okay with him, and it really makes me smile.

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What do you think of Charlie, at the end of the Novel?


 Charlie is one of those characters that has not escaped me over many readings. Every time I read this book, I feel something different about him. This time, it was a great optimism for him. It is as he finally had a breakthrough that was nessecary for him to function, for him to be more whole within himself.


How do you feel about some of the subjects raised in this novel?


 I think most are important subjects. The reference to "The Poem" was so important to me, as was his experience with his friend Michael. The other problems addressed, such as the experience with his sister, and then with his aunt... they are very real, and I agree, well presented in this novel. I really felt as though this "observer" had a lot of interesting things to give to these situations ("We accept the love we think we deserve").


What does "feeling infinite" mean to you?


 I felt this was a very interesting thing to address. I feel it is something that especially is felt for the first time when you become aware of yourself, and start becoming your own person. Feeling infinite reminds me of the first time you realize that, and feel like "You".


What do you think of the music references? What about the book references?


 The music and book references are so neat to me. While they "date" the book in some instances with the music, they are also cross generational... like the Beatles. And as for the novels, MOST are books that students will read in a classroom at some point, so it is a wonderful relating point, as well as a good reason for them to know the books.


Why do you think the author titled the book "Perks of Being a Wallflower?"


 I think that this is somewhat ironic, though apt. I think it showcases that even kids who are seen as not having any experiences, being the good kid, doesn't mean they don't know about the world. It's a showcase of observers seeing more of life than many people, because they are willing to look outside themselves.


Do you "get" the ending?


I first read this book in high school, and actually had to read it a couple times before I "got" the ending. It was so suprising, and it was one of the reasons I read it again. I had to see it from the knowledge end, if you know what I mean. I notice a lot of reviews of this novel don't seem to get the ending, though a lot seem to be written by people hellbent on disliking the novel because it was assigned, or now because of its popularity with the film release.

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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