Tag Archives: high school

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

The Reel View of High School

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Maybe you’re about to graduate…or you’re just looking forward to summer break.  Check out these movies that feature the end of senior year, graduation, and summer break.

American Graffiti (1973)

Risky Business (1983)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Say Anything (1989)

Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

American Pie (1999)

I Love You, Beth Cooper (2009)

For more high school movies, check out Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Best High School Movies

-Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist

Prom: Fashion, Etiquette and Fiction

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Many consider prom to be one of the defining moments of high school.  This classic rite of passage is fast approaching.  Although the library is not often considered to be an essential prom-preparation stop, we have a lot of great resources that can help you have the prom of you dreams.

Getting Ready: Prep for prom by checking out these books for hair, nail and make-up ideas.

In Style Getting Gorgeous: The Step-by-Step Guide to Your Best Hair, Make-up and Skin from the Editor  by Jennifer Tung

The Girl’s Book of Glamour: A Guide to Being a Goddess by Sally Jeffrie

The Professional’s Illustrated Guide to Haircare and Hairstyles by Nicky Pope

Pro Nail Care: Salon Secrets of the Professionals by Leigh Toselli

How to Act: Avoid a party faux pas by reading an etiquette guide to answer your questions on manners.

Emily Post’s Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning

Classy: Be a Lady, Not a Tramp by Derek Blasberg

Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond by Cindy Post Senning

Fiction: Just for fun, read a frothy, prom centered romance.

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser

Prom Crashers by Erin Downing

Top Ten Uses for and Unworn Prom Dress by Tina Ferraro

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian @ CADL Holt-Delhi