The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky is a simple and captivating story centered around the life of Charlie in his first year of high school and his quest to find his place.
On this page you'll find tons of diverse activities and support to help you continue your enjoyment and understanding.
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What are your thoughts about Charlie?
Download and print this study question booklet to help you examine your thoughts and feelings.
Small Format (A4 Lanscape, Booklet - 4 pages per sheet, front and back)
There may be a lot of vocabulary for you to learn in the book so here are 3 great activities to help you.
Don't judge a book by its cover ... maybe...
There have been several different covers for the book since its first publication in 1999. In an essay, talk about the different covers hitting on the following:
Project: Personalize the novel and create your own alternative book cover like the one below.
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Good quotes allow a book to speak to us long after we've finished reading, and this book is definitely loaded!
A very emotional poem appears in a very emotional moment in the novel. "Absolutely Nothing" credited by the author to Dr. Earl Reum, is a poem dealing with the loss of innocence through the changing environment around us as we come of age. The poem itself is quite clear in its narrative, but its placement and role in the novel brings up many questions.
In this activity you're invited to explore your own theories and conjectures about the events and emotions surrounding this poem.
The reading of the poem was originally cut from the film, but still plays a big part in the novel. Here is a video of Charlie reading the poem to his friends at the Secret Santa party.
Poem and Questions
David Bowie's "Heroes" was chosen for the "tunnel song" for the film, where no title was named in the book. The author specifically references many song titles and their artists in the book, but never identifies the "tunnel song". Why do you think the author chose not to specify the "tunnel song" in the book?