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.
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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!
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
Charlie makes mixtapes as a way of expressing himself including a particularly thoughtful one for Patrick. Making mixtapes is the ancient art of collecting and recording special songs to be given to a friend in the form of an audio cassette. Making the perfect tape for someone was a gest greater than act itself. Here is a sample of a virtual mixtape with the songs mentioned in the book. With today's technology, you can make one online and send it to someone special, or even one just for yourself commemorating a special moment for example.
Mix-tapes were a way of sending a special unique message to a friend or loved one via music and because of the amount of time and dedication needed to create that “perfect” tape the gift was even more meaningful.
But it seems it has become a lost art. Or has it? In modern literature, it seems to be making a comeback, either because of the nostalgia of the author or because of the uniqueness of its ability to convey a message greater than the sum of its physical parts.
Ironically, the very advancements in technology that killed the audio cassette tape, have also regenerated its popularity and provided us with new ways to create them.
We can now make virtual mix-tapes easily and in less time thanks to the internet.
Why not give it a try.
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?