Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Publisher: Summer Entertainment, 2013. Originally released as a motion picture 2012
Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
Producers: Gillian Brown, Stephen Chbosky, Ava Dellaira, Chris Gary, Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Jim Powers, Russell Smith.
Actors: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky. High school freshman Charlie is a wallflower, always observing things from afar. Then he meets Sam and her brother Patrick, who introduce Charlie to high-school life, including parties, movies, new friendships, and love.
Cast, acting, cinematography:
Logan Lerman plays a very believable and vulnerable Charlie. Emma Watson is a sarcastic Sam, and Ezra Miller is perfect as Patrick, Sam’s stepbrother. The flashbacks are haunting, and Charlie’s struggle with them are tense and believable.
Ideas for talking about other materials to YA audiences: Charlie deals with some very heavy issues, including suicide and trauma. Would you able to tell the signs when one of your peers needs help? What do you do, if anything?
Curriculum: social responsibility
Reading level & interest level: 16+
Players or listener’s annotation: Charlie is a wallflower. Will his newfound friends show him how worthy of love and friendship he is?
Challenge Issues: suicide, profanity, drugs use, drinking, violence, sex
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