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Revisiting Banned Book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks is another example of a good book that gets banned or challenged and then becomes a summer reading choice for teens.  It’s a great book. Although the movie was based in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I wasn’t happy with the film.  They changed things.  Important things.

I’m so excited for today’s review because it was written by none other than my Pumpkin!  At 15 Pumpkin is an avid reader and I love to share books with her.  In fact, she’s the one who got me hooked on Twilight and The Hunger Games series.  So I blame her for some of my madness.

Let’s see what Pumpkin says about Perks:

The perks of being a wallflower is a great book but I can see why it is on the banned book list. There is a lot of underage drinking, sex, and drugs going on without the mention of how bad they are. Charlie, the main speaker of the story, has become one of my favorite characters out of all the books I’ve read because of how honest he is. I also felt like I could feel his emotions in the story from the vivid explanations, the story had me crying at many points!

I don’t think I could find anything wrong with the book. I feel it gives a real interpretation of how a kids who gets pulled into a great friendship would react.  Although many of the characters do wrong to Charlie at some point in the book, you don’t end up hating any of them at the end of of the book because of how kind speaking Charlie is about them. He always has a way of forgiving characters or seeing past their rudeness. This is a character trait I love because nowadays, most of the books I read are about people hating people.

Schools should overlook the drug usage and such in the book because The Perks Of Being A Wallflower makes you see things through other peoples eyes and shows you good life lessons. This book has been added to my favorites list!

I couldn’t agree more: you can’t hide drug use from kids, they already know about it.

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

 

7 replies on “Revisiting Banned Book:The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

What a smart young lady! Sounds like a good book, especially one that tweens and teens can discuss with their parents.

Nice review. I hadn’t read this book yet. I agree with Pumpkin, you can’t hide from our youth what they all ready know about. If it shows things through the eyes of others I think its worth the read. Nice job pumpkin!

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