The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky has officially named the release date for his second novel, Imaginary Friend.
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In 1995, Stephen Chbosky’s debut film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, was released. An independent film, it debuted at Sundance Film Festival, and became one of the first films shown on the Sundance Channel. He worked on several projects in varying roles afterwards, including producing The Poughkeepsie Tapes, although many of the films he wrote fell through.
But in 1999 came his debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
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An epistolary novel, meaning the story is told through letters, the book follows Charlie, an introverted teenager, as he goes through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb.
The New York Times has since noted the novel, since publication, has been “passed from adolescent to adolescent like a hot potato”. In 2012 the novel was ranked number 16 on NPR’s list of the “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels”.
There’s also been considerable controversy around the book regarding the novel’s themes of homosexuality, and descriptions of masturbation drug use as well as conversations about suicide, appearing on American Library Association’s 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 lists of the 10 most frequently challenged books.
Since the novel’s release, Chbosky wrote and directed an adaptation of his novel and experienced a kick off in his career, writing Disney’s remake Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, alongside Evan Spiliotopoulos and the comedy drama Wonder.
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In February, Book Seller wrote that Chbosky had a second book coming out, Imaginary Friend, which had been described as “a wildly ambitious, sweeping work of literary horror” that “focuses on Kate Reese, a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher [whose] world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods – where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred”. The twist is that her son “emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come”.
Now, Chbosky announced on Twitter that the book is coming out October 1st in an astonishing video tweet. It looks like a picture before it transforms into the book cover.
It’s a work of art, and you should check it out below!
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