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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
SUMMARY:What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings: I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why. With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis
SUMMARY:What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings: I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why. With the help of a teacher who recognizes his wisdom and intuition, and his two friends, seniors Samantha and Patrick, Charlie mostly manages to avoid the depression he feels creeping up like kudzu. When it all becomes too much, after a shocking realization about his beloved late Aunt Helen, Charlie retreats from reality for awhile. But he makes it back in due time, ready to face his sophomore year and all that it may bring. Charlie, sincerely searching for that feeling of "being infinite," is a kindred spirit to the generation that's been slapped with the label X. --Brangien Davis
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suffisaunce
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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I was not the target age for this when it was released, but it was a fave of former students. I found it to be a very innovative and goodhearted book.

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In the late Spring of 2010 I went into a bookstore in NYC. On a table with suggestions for #Summerreads was #thecatcherintherye a book I wanted to read and was looking for if remembering correctly. Right next to it was a book I had never heard of but which caught my eye. I read the first page and bought #theperksofbeingawallflower as well. This became a favourite of mine. Do you have a #favourite you've found looking for another?

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Rissa1
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This was heavy but great. It makes me a bit sad that I didn't read it years ago. #20in4

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Rissa1
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I plan to keep track of hours read. If I make it to 20 hours, great, but a more realistic for me would be 12 hours. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1mo
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Rissa1
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I met 3 of the 6 #JoysOfJune goals. I am happy though. Life got in the way but all were good reasons. My best friend came to town. My teenager actually wanted to have conversations with me. So I am considering this readathon a success. @Andrew65

Megabooks Great photo of you two! 1mo
Andrew65 Well done, a great success! 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂 1mo
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SusanLee
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#bookmoods #aboutaddiction @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
I‘ve not watched the movie but the book was an awesome read!

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2mo
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beenbee

“I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.”

“Sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.”

“I want to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that I do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That‘s why I‘m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

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beenbee

Everyone in the world needs to read this book and the quotes in it.

“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won't tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn't change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn't really change the fact that you have what you have.”

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beenbee
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky

“I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

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beenbee

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anyone.”

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beenbee

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

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beenbee
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Pickpick

I read this book early in the year, before I started Litsy, and it was too impactful on my life to not write a review here. It‘s a heartbreaking coming-of-age story with a main character I relate to so much that it physically hurt at times. It lacks the usual cringe found in novels like these and instead has a dreadful and tragic but realistic plot and ending.

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MelKelsey
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Book 25

I listened to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a book I should have read by now. It's a coming of age story about a high school boy who struggles with depression. Similar to the movie made after it, the book reads like an iconic 80s film. 3.5 stars

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Jeanelle
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We FINALLY finished!! It was the most beautiful book I‘ve ever read and it had a twentieth anniversary letter from Charlie, which to be honest had me crying in the back of my car. I‘m so thankful to have bought it, if you haven‘t read it, do so, you must definitely willing be disappointed. No matter what kind of books you like, this book is perfect!

GondorGirl I remember reading this when it first came out and being stunned. And I still feel that way rereading it now. 6mo
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Jeanelle
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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Readers who get side tracked put your hands up! While reading ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ I ended up reading two books I have already read and loved. It‘s not that this book wasn‘t hooking me, it was, I just can‘t stay on task. We‘re working on in though😅

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Jeanelle
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I haven‘t shared my reading on here in a long time but I thought I should start again. When I saw ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower‘ at chapters I knew I had to give it a read based on how much I loved the movie. I‘m so SO ready to start reading!

kspenmoll Great to see you! 6mo
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chlolovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
this is one of the best books I‘ve ever read! Ever! 💛💛💛

Jenken1998 One of my faves! 6mo
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JoeyCants574
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8.7/10

“And if that meant that I would never get to think of you that way, as long as you were happy, it was ok. That‘s when I realized that I really loved you.”

“I would die for you. But I won't live for you.”

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

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freeatlast1137
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Charlie writes letters to an unknown person during his freshman year of high school.

I had seen the movie many years ago (I honestly don‘t remember much about it) and I was just expecting some coming of age book, but man, this was intense and crazy and good.

I do not like Sam at all, and definitely a dude wrote this book. That‘s all I will write because I forgot how to hide spoilers.

#wintergames #mistletoemaniacs

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ella.brandt
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Incredible book. One of my favorites. Definitely recommend.

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Cathyloves2read
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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What an eye opener this book was. It was written from the perspective of a teenager who was going through many of the things I remember going through when I was his age. It really brought me back. Some of the thing he went through had the potential of negatively impacting his life. I hope that this book finds its way to the many young (and not so young) people who would benefit from reading it. It sends a great message.

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GinaKButler
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This is another backlist that I never read...I‘ll be honest, I was a little apprehensive to start it since my oldest just started high school, but I‘m really enjoying it so far. #bookspinbingo

Alora Great picture! 10mo
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kissmehardy
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God, no one in literature has a voice like Charlie. #yalit #lovealways

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I‘m really not sure how I feel about child abuse being used as a “big twist” in a novel, but… for all its problems, I couldn‘t stop thinking about it. Chbosky and Charlie‘s story really got under my skin. Of course, this should serve as a huge stinky trigger warning, but for those of us who can stomach it, this is a book that will stay with you. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-perks-of-being-a-wallflower-stephen-chb...

annahenke This was so powerful for me. 12mo
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mushroomszn

guys i‘ve watched the movie of this book 20+ times and i‘ve always thought i‘d love the movie better- but this book is truly incredible. like i cannot get over how good it is- and there are so many quotes i just want to bottle up and keep in my mind forever- everyone should read this book once in their life

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mushroomszn

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it‘s no excuse.”

jordanjamie11 Absolutely adore this quote and this book! 12mo
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bookiehannah
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Finished rereading and still one of my all time favorites!! I really love Charlie and feel like I can relate to him ♥️

#reread #perksofbeingawallflower #stephenchbosky #fiction

jordanjamie11 One of my all time favourites! 12mo
hannah-leeloo Welcome to litsy friend 😊 happy reading 📖❤📚 12mo
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FashionableObserver Super-later to the comment party, but I‘ve got to chime in to say: I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK! 12mo
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ianreadsthings

I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone someday. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn't.

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myexpandingbookshelf
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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It‘s been a while since I posted her, but I‘m back and going to try to post regularly again!

In line with yesterday‘s Top Ten Tuesday, here are the physical books I have that I can read in one sitting or day.

#classics #fantasy #nonfiction #scifi #sherlock #bookshelf #reading

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Shemac77
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Pickpick

Such a great story told in letters.

LeahBergen I really enjoyed it, too! 13mo
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Shemac77
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Back shift reading.
And the bird nest has little ones

CoverToCoverGirl What a view! I wouldn‘t get much reading done. 🙂 14mo
Shemac77 It was taken through a window at a paramedic base. Whenever I‘m posted there I sit by the window waiting for the next call. Makes my day! @CoverToCoverGirl 14mo
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Emmeow

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

Kdgordon88 I'll never forget when I read that line. It was a gut punch and I had to ponder it extensively before continuing on. 14mo
Emmeow @Kdgordon88 yeah same ! I paused for a good twenty minutes after that just taking in the shock of the line and I just know that I‘m going to think about it a lot for the rest of my life haha 14mo
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Day 25 #MayCharacters
Prompt: Meek

Charlie is very shy and meek and doesn't have many friends until he is taken under the wing of Patrick and Sam.

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Lovely choice 👌🏼 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 1y
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Rachel725
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Read this one cause despite the hype, I‘ve never read it before. Made me uncomfortable to read and maybe that was the point. I appreciate the effort to cover really tough topics from a young perspective. However, it‘s really not super believable and slightly cliche. Kind of enjoyed reading it but really just wanted to get through it.

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Tripex

Current read.
Reread actually.
Charlie is a cruise.

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Whalien99
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Mehso-so

4 stars

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Ericalambbrown
Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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Revisited this one for our Friends of the Library read. It made me nostalgic for when my daughter and I read it when she was Charlie‘s age. A perennial candidate for censor in many communities, it is uncomfortable to read in places. It was, however, an invaluable conversation starter for some seriously tough topics when my daughter was young. I will always have special place for this book in my heart.

candority What a beautiful tree in the background! 1y
MoonWitch94 It‘s one of my all-time favorites. I liked the film, too. 1y
bibliobliss Good book 1y
Ericalambbrown @candority Thanks! I love when the Redbud trees flower here. 1y
Ericalambbrown @MoonWitch94 The film coming out is what spurred us to read it when daughter was a freshman in high school. We liked it, too! 1y
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April 18, 1992

Dear friend,

I have made a terrible mess of things. I really have. I feel terrible about it. Patrick said the best thing I could do is just stay away for a while.

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Meghan1
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Pickpick

Wow! I read this many years ago and think I missed a lot of the nuances. This was a quiet, but powerful story not just about growing up, but growing up after childhood trauma.

JackOBotts This is a favorite of mine. 💜 I first read in in high school and passed it around with my friends. Every re-read brings more to Charlie‘s story. 1y
Meghan1 I think I read it in my early 20s and I missed SO much! @JackOBotts 1y
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1. I love the ladies of 300 Fox Way. [The Raven Cycle]
2. The Wesley Twins [Harry Potter]
And in close second Patrick & Sam [The Perks of Being a Wallflower]

#FavoriteFam Thanks for the tag @Mavey

mavey All Time Favs in the second one!😍Thanks for playing! 1y
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#quotsyFeb21 @TK-421
Day 11 #Heavy

“We didn't talk about anything heavy or light. We were just there together. And that was enough”

OrangeMooseReads This is on of my favorite books. 1y
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Crazeedi Amen 1y
maich @Crazeedi ❤❤ 1y
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KimberlyJuracich
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I wish this book was required reading. I wish I would have read it myself when I was younger. This is amazing in every way. I think everyone of every age should read this.

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sophierayton
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I wish I had this book when I was a teenager. I read the 20th Anniversary edition and the epilogue from the author at the end had me crying my eyes out. I hope this book continues to find its way to all who need it.

kyraleseberg I was lucky enough to find this book when I was 15. I still re-read often and I'm 34 now! 2y
sophierayton @kyraleseberg I have 4 sons aged between 7 and 14 and feel glad this book is now on my radar so I can give it to them to read (Or just leave it laying around because no self respecting teenager takes book recs from their mum, right?!). 2y
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JacqMac
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“...let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.” I needed a quick and easy read this weekend. So I swiped this one off my kids TBR stack. It was so very teenage angsty. It fit my mood perfectly.

TrishB My daughter and I read this at the same time when she was 14! I think we both cried though. 2y
JacqMac @TrishB Aww I love that. My son is 14 now. I think he‘s going to like it. 2y
CarolynM I liked this, but I liked the film even more. That doesn't happen often! 2y
JacqMac @CarolynM That‘s good to know! I‘m waiting for the kid to read it, so we can watch together. 2y
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jb72
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#bookspin #bookspinbingo #NWC

This book has been on my TBR for a bit. Finished it today. Great book.

ElizaMarie Ooo I‘m glad you liked it! I remember I loved it when I read it so long ago. I feel like I should reread it soon :) 2y
jb72 It is a quick read (listen). I did not know what the story was about when I decided to read it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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AkashaVampie
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Hello Littens and #NWC group. Here are the books for December for our YA genre. You are more than welcome to read one or all.

Everyone is welcome in our groups! We would love to have you.

@ElizaMarie @AsYouWish @jb72

ElizaMarie Dumplin' here I come! 2y
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie I loved the movie... hopefully the book is even better! 2y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie I really enjoyed the movie too! Thats why I am excited about this book 2y
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Grady Hay3
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This was a very good book about a young man going through his highschool experience. Charlie has to make it through highschool by pleasing all of the people around him, and not give in to all of the pressures around him. This story was very interesting to read, because it showed many different point of views from different types of highschool students. If you like books that are about young drama and relationships, I suggest this.

Grady Hay3 One of the main themes in this story is friendship. It is present when Charlie has to make decisions of who he wants to be freinds with, and who he does not believe would be someone he would want in his life. I can realte to this because there are many kids that seem nice enough but would only lead me into trouble. 2y
MissYaremcio Well done Grady! I am glad that you are enjoying the book! It's certainly a very applicable one to high school! I was just missing a bit more on the POV so 5/6! 2y
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