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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
By Stephen Chbosky

Discussed September 2011

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Characters

  • Charlie
  • Patrick (Nothing)
  • Sam
  • Mary Elisabeth/Craig/Brad/Bob (and other assorted friends)
  • Various Family (Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Aunt Helen)
  • Bill

Questions

  1. Did you like the book?
  2. Did you like the main character?
  3. Did this feel like a book that was written by a teenager in high school?
  4. Were there too many issues (drugs, friendship issues, family issues, abortion….)?
  5. What did you think of the “twist” at the end? Did it feel realistic, forced?
  6. Who do you think Charlie was writing to? (himself, aliens, no one, everyone…)
  7. Would you give this book to individuals in high school?
  8. Would you consider this book queer literature?
  9. Charlie’s relationship with Patrick and Sam. Discuss.
  10. This book was was suggested to be banned/challenged in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2004 for the following: anti family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group, nudity, suicide. What do you think about this?
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