The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Love, confusion, anxiety;  torn between desperately wanting to fade into the background while simultaneously yearning for a place to belong; such is the life of a teenager.

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie begins 9th grade as a friendless observer of life.  Often poignant, sometimes funny reflections shared as letters to an anonymous person chronicle Charlie’s inner and outer struggles during high school including friendships, drugs, alcohol, sex, sexual abuse and mental illness.

Ten years after its publication, Stephen Chbosky adapts his unique, award-winning novel for the big screen. This highly anticipated film features such young, talented stars as Emma Watson, Logon Lerman and Ezra Miller.  The film is rated PG-13. I am quite anxious to see how they handled the mature themes in order to keep the rating down while still being true to the book.

Though the film was not only written, but also directed by the author himself and will more than likely be the most honest representation of his written word, remember to read the book first!

- Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

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