The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was first published on February 1. 1999 by Pocket Books.
The book sold around 100,000 copies by 2000. But it wasn’t until the movie adaptation was announce that the book made it to the New York Times best sellers list.
“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.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix 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. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. 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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.”
After selling 100,000 copies by 2000 the book was included on school reading list. But that quickly anger parents who requested the book to be taken out.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was banned from multiple schools and libraries do to the complains of parents for its depictions of homosexuality, rape, drug use, masturbation, suicide, sexuality and offensive language.
Even though The Perks of Being a Wallflower’s history, this book it’s still a favorite amongst teenagers and adults as well.
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Here’s the poem Charlie reads in the book:
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