New Meetup: Perks of Being a Wallflower by by Stephen Chbosky

From: Greg
Sent on: Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Perks of Being a Wallflower by by Stephen Chbosky

When: February 19,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Okay, it's time to regress a bit. I think everyone in this group is old enough to remember 11th grade. Oh, what a magical time it was for me. Ahem. Cough cough. Sorry, that was a metric ton of sarcasm stuck in my throat.

We're going to read Perks of Being a Wallflower by by Stephen Chbosky, because I think his last name looks funny. Also, it was recommended! Also, this is great discussion material!

Shamelessly lifted from (come get me, suckas):
What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide.

Expect horrific high school stories. (I mean, from me. I haven't read the book yet.) And share your own! How does your life compare to this story? Recognize anyone? Are the themes historically or perpetually applicable? Is young adult literature Literature?

All this and more thursday Thursday THURSDAY! (The 19th.)

I'm going to have more caffeine now.

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