The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.
The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.
grey slush puddle as the busses pull into the dreary parking lot. School is back in session. 89 INT. HALLWAY - MORNING 89 Charlie shakes off the cold, then takes off his overcoat to reveal... he's wearing his suit from Secret Santa. All the kids stare. Charlie realizes he made a terrible mistake. CHARLIE It was a Christmas present. 90 INT. BILL'S CLASSROOM - MORNING 90 Charlie sits as Bill hands out the book for the semester... The Great Gatsby. As the kids chatter, Bill gives Charlie his
walks with you. Charlie calmly puts down the phone and leaves the room. We 61. 110 INT. CHARLIE'S KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER Charlie is so miserable. 110 His mom is sympathetic. MOTHER She's on the phone right now? Charlie, you have to break up with her. CHARLIE I can do that? Charlie's father leans back from the sofa and his newspaper. FATHER For Christ's sake... I need to use the phone! 111 INT. CHARLIE'S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER He returns. 111 Mary Elizabeth is still talking on the
trying, but... I can't really remember what I did. Sam can see he's afraid of himself. She nods, sympathetic. 128 71. SAM Do you want me to tell you? CHARLIE (scared) Yeah. SAM You saved my brother. did. That's what you CHARLIE So, you're not scared of me? SAM No. CHARLIE And can we be friends again? Of course. SAM The minute she hugs him, the numb goes away. She kisses the top of his head and puts her arm around his shoulder. They begin walking away. Come on. 129 SAM (CONT'D) Let's go be
awkward, and likable to everyone but his classmates. He sits at his desk, writing a letter in pencil as he tapes the title song through the radio on his cassette boom box. CHARLIE (V.O.) Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn't try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don't try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I don't want you to do that. I just need to know that people like
off. 38 Sam watches him go. INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT 38 Charlie leaves the bathroom and stops when he sees himself in a large ornate mirror in the hallway. Charlie. CHARLIE Charlie. Weird. Charlie wanders down the hallway, a little lost. He finds the door to the master bedroom and opens it. He sees Patrick and Brad Hays... kissing. Woah. Charlie? CHARLIE (CONT'D) PATRICK BRAD HAYS (nervous) Who is that kid? PATRICK Relax. Relax. He's a friend of mine. Stay here. Patrick closes the bedroom