Today is the Twentieth Anniversary of YA Classic ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

Today is the Twentieth Anniversary of YA Classic ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’

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On this day in 1999, Stephen Chbosky‘s groundbreaking The Perks of Being a Wallflower hit bookstores across the United States. A decade before the rise of YA, this novel was among the first YA publications to tackle issues of death, sexuality, drug use, and mental illness. Though many schools have banned the novel for its candid and earnest depiction of adolescence, audiences have spent two decades loving it for the same reason. Even twenty years after its publication, The Perks of Being a Wallflower remains a relevant and progressive depiction of growing up and the intense desire for understanding and connection those teenage …

10 of the World’s Biggest Authors Call BS on Book Banning

10 of the World’s Biggest Authors Call BS on Book Banning

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The practice of banning books is nothing new —political, religious, and social organizations have led protests against authors and books for centuries —yet the practice is ongoing and criticism of it remains all the more relevant today. The debate surrounding this controversial subject has yet to find a conclusion —some people see book banning as unethical, while others see it as necessary at times. Regardless of the stance surrounding the issue, one thing remains clear: book banning has wide effects, good or bad. Banning books has a profound effect on the public and no one knows that more than authors.   …

Hilariously Horrible Book Reviews: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Edition

Hilariously Horrible Book Reviews: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Edition

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Stephen Chbosky’s YA novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999, is a New York Times bestseller and a book beloved by angsty teens the world over. Its 2012 movie adaptation starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller was also a huge hit. Though Chbosky’s book is generally accepted as a classic of the genre, some internet people are not so sure.    Caitlin, for example, took the time to inform the good people of Amazon that she burnt the book in her fireplace.                  Featured Image Via Collider , All In-Text Images Via Amazon