The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Categories: Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Sexual

Description: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel by American writer Stephen Chbosky. Set in the early 1990s, the novel follows Charlie, an introverted and observant child, through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb.

YA Label?: No

Notes: Includes descriptions of homosexuality, date rape and masturbation.

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Page 12: “And I opened the door to the basement, and my sister and this boy were naked. He was on top of her, and her legs were draped over either side of the couch. And she screamed at me in a whisper. “Get out. You pervert.””

Page 21: “I had a weird dream. I was with Sam. And we were both naked. And her legs were spread over the sides of the couch.”

Page 44: “When most people left, Brad and Patrick went into Patrick’s room. They had sex for the first time that night. I don’t want to go into detail about it because it’s pretty private stuff, but I will say that Brad assumed the role of the girl in terms of where you put things.”

Page 49: “According to my sister, Sam used to be a “blow queen.” I hope you know what that means because I really can’t think about Sam and describe it to you.”

Page 100: “Regardless, I decided to never take LSD again.”

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