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The Perks of Being A Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Published by: POCKET BOOKS, Simon andSchuster Inc., 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Copyright 1999 by Stephen Chbosky

BOOK JACKET INFORMATION 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. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: ThePerks Of Being A Wallflower. This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course throughuncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant rollercoaster days known as growing up. visit us on the world wide web http://whststwwwlessimonsayscom_wh

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Stephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, THE FOUR CORNERS OF NOWHERE, premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Featurehonors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay EVERYTHING DIVIDED as well as a participant in the Sundance Institute's filmmakers' lab for his current project, FINGERNAILS AND SMOOTH SKIN. Chbosky lives in New York. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is his first novel.

This book is a work of fiction. Names,characters, places and incidents are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

For my family

Acknowledgements I just wanted to say about all those listed that there would be no book without them, and I thank them with all of my heart. Greer Kessel Hendricks Heather Neely Lea, Fred,and Stacy Chbosky Robbie Thompson Christopher McQuarrie Margaret Mehring Stewart Stern Kate Degenhart Mark McClain Wilson David Wilcox Kate Ward Tim Perell Jack Horner Eduardo Braniff And finally ... Dr. Earl Reum for writing a beautiful poem and Patrick Comeaux for remembering it wrong when he was 14.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Part 1 August 25, 1991 Dear friend, I am writing to youbecause she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don't want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don't want you to find me. I didn't enclose a return address for the same reason. Imean nothing bad by this. Honest. I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist. I think you of all people would understand that because I think you of all people are alive and appreciate what that means. At least I hope you do because other people look to you for strength and...
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