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Some of My Favorite Quotes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 27, 2009


OK, so I promised you I would send you some of my favorite lines from The Perks of Being a Wallflower that I thought might be comment-worthy. Our discussions were great, but there were some things we didn’t get around to discussing, at least in some of the groups, that I thought you might want to ponder.

I also want to recommend a “read-alike” to you. If you liked Perks and you’re interested in another book with a teen guy who becomes overwhelmed by depression, you might want to borrow my (personally autographed) copy of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. I heard Ned speak a couple of weeks ago, and he is hilarious! This fiction book is loosely based on Ned’s own story of his five days in the psychiatric wing of a hospital when he was a teenager. I think you will feel more positive that Craig, the story’s narrator, will be be able to overcome his depression than some of you felt about Charlie, the narrator or Perks.

If you see any quotes you a) find humorous, b) wish to comment upon,  c) find touching, or that d) apply to your life, please send in your comments by clicking on the title of the post and then entering your comment. Some of my brief comments are in bold italics. What do you think Charlie (or actually Stephen Chbosky) means by some of these lines? I think some of them are pretty profound, and some are just cool. Thanks, Mr. Chbosky, for such a great book! Anyway, here are some of my favorite lines. There are quite a few, because I am quite a fan:

  • “The thing is some girls think they can actually change guys. And what’s funny is that if they actually did change them, they’d get bored. They’d have no challenge left. You just have to give girls some time to think of a new way of doing things, that’s all. Some of them will figure it out here. Some later. Some never. ” (Ask your Mom what she thinks about this one; she’s probably still working on your Dad!)
  • “…sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
  • “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (Please do not “settle”! Demand the love you really deserve!)
  • “Then, I turned around and walked to my room and closed my door and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”
  • “Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” (If you don’t learn anything else from this book, please let it be this: don’t let the bad things that happen to you in life be an excuse to waste the rest of your life feeling sorry for yourself!)
  • “Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music.” 🙂
  • “Mary Elizabeth is a very interesting person because she has a tattoo that symbolizes Buddhism and a belly button ring and wears her hair to make somebody mad…”
  • “I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is. And I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera. It’s very hard for me to see Sam feel better about herself just because an older boy sees her that way.”
  • “Maybe these are my glory days, and I’m not even realizing it because they don’t involve a ball.” (This is so “high school.”)
  • “”Sometimes, I look at my parents now and wonder what happened to make them the way they are. And then I wonder what will happen to my sister when her boyfriend graduates from law school. And what my brother’s face will look like on a football card, or what it will look like if it is never on a football card.” (Is Charley afraid that his brother would allow not succeeding at football to be an excuse for wasting the rest of his life feeling sorry for himself?)
  • “My dad and my brother and my cousins carry [my grandfather] out to the car of the person who is least angry at him.” 🙂
  • “I don’t think we should base so much on weight, muscles, and a good hair day, but when it happens, it’s nice. It really is.” (Whether we like to admit it or not, whether they should or shouldn’t, people do judge us by our appearance.)
  • “This is not a time for heroes because nobody will let that happen.”
  • “The thing is, I didn’t know what it said even if it said it very well.”
  • “I would give someone a record so they could love the record, not so they would always know that I gave it to them.” (Why do we really give each other gifts? Is it sometimes for the wrong reasons?)
  • “Something really is wrong with me. And I don’t know what it is.”
  • “It’s very easy to read, but very  hard to ‘read well.’ “
  • “After that, whenever I saw him around anywhere, he didn’t look like he was there. He looked like he was someplace else. And I think I knew that because that’s how people used to say I was. Maybe they still do. I’m not sure.”
  • “I almost didn’t get an A in math, but then Mr. Carlo told me to stop asking “why?” all the time and just follow the formulas. So, I did. Now, I get perfect scores on all my tests. I just wish I knew what the formulas did. I honestly have no idea.” (Compare Mr. Carlo to Bill who encourages Charlie to “stretch” himself as a learner”)
  • “…and the great part is that I took what the author wrote about and put it in terms of my own life. Maybe that’s what being a filter means.”
  • “I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.” (Wow! Powerful stuff!)
  • “The great thing about my mom’s purse is that no matter what you need at any give moment, she has it.” (Some of you commented that you didn’t think Charlie’s parents were “there” for him, but this is an instance in which I think Charlie’s parents were more helpful to him than perhaps we realized.)
  • “If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too.”
  • “I guess we are who we are for a lot 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.” (Remember that–we can always choose were we will go from here, and that is what matters…)

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Have YOU Rocked the Drop?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 15, 2009

Operation Teen Book Drop

Don’t forget that we are Rockin’ the Drop with the Readergirlz , YALSA, and GuysLitWire by bringing in our gently used children’s and teen books to donate to the Family Violence Center. Tomorrow, April 16, is Teen Literature Day, but we are extending the donation day through Friday, April 17. We even got books yesterday donated by readergirlz diva Melissa Walker! Please clean out your closets and bookshelves TODAY and bring in your books tomorrow or Friday. We have candy (!) and we are giving away two Barnes and Noble gift cards. One to the person who donates the most books and one to a person whose name is drawn randomly from all donors. If you have donated books already and I did not take your picture, please come back in and remind me to snap a pic to send to readergirlz. Oh, and by the way, as of this minute we have 407 books donated so far! No, wait. Falyn just came in with three boxes FULL of books, about 200 more books!!!!!! Hooray! But bring in more books, please, the Family Violence Center is counting on us!

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Have You Forgotten About Book Divas?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 13, 2009


Have you visited the Book Divas website? Are you on Twitter? Well, if you are a Book Divas fan, and you’re on Twitter, you can follow Book Divas on Twitter to get all the latest news abut your favorite authors. Book Divas is an online book club with members all over the world. By following them on Twitter you can keep up with the latest author interviews,  giveaways, new books, reviews, and blog posts. Right now they’re having a giveaway for the complete Twilight saga series. How cool is that? You can also visit the site to read reviews of Donna Jo Napoli’s Alligator Bayou, Rachel Wright’s You’ve Got Blackmail, and Eva Ibbotson’s The Reluctant Heiress.

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And The Winner Is…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 1, 2009

Are we Creekview readers omniscient, or are we just perceptive readers? Remember when I posted the results of ourCreekview votes on the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? Remember that I predicted that our number one vote-getter, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and our number three pick, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, would be in the top three? Well, we were right! The winner of the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award is Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Runners up are Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Right Behind You by Gail Giles. The winners were announced today at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. And I was there!

First, I heard Laurie Halse Anderson AGAIN! She is not only an amazing author, but a fabulous speaker as well. I heard her yesterday and today, and I could listen to her again tomorrow without being bored. You probably read Speak in ninth grade, and I hope you read Twisted, one of this year’s Peach Book Award nominees, especially if you’re a guy. Both of these books are excellent. But you should also check out her other YA titles such as her historical thrillers, Fever 1793 and Chains. Catalyst is an excellent choice for fans of Speak, and Prom is perfect for those looking for something lighter.

Our second speaker was breakout author Bill Konigsberg. Bill has written a book called Out of the Pocket that has gotten great reviews and I can’t wait to read it. After I finish you can read my AUTOGRAPHED copy. If you liked Absolutely, Positively Not, I think you’ll like Out of the Pocket. It was recentlychosen for the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age List. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center also lists it as one of their 2009 Choices for Teen Novels. It was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was added to ALA’s 2009 Rainbow List. Bill is one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

The conference closed with author Ned Vizzini. Ned is the author of Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Nick is a hilarious speaker who was first published at age fifteen. And then he ended up in a mental hospital. Ned now speaks to teens at schools through his program called Angstspiration. He realizes that many of today’s teens deal with the anxiety of over-achievement and that sometimes it can be an easy transition from over-achievement to institutionalization. If you have a problem with stress, Ned’s books are for you. You can also borrow my AUTOGRAPHED copies of these books. And talk to a trusted adult who can help you find some assistance.

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Almost Famous!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 31, 2009

YES, you are correct! That is ME with Laurie Halse Anderson and YES I met Steven Kellogg and YES I heard J. Patrick Lewis speak. These three great children’s authors all spoke today at the annual Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. I will get to hear Laurie speak again tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) and you can hear her, too, from 4:00-5:00 at Cherokee High. All three authors were fabulously inspirational. I can’t wait to hear tomorrow’s authors: Laurie, Bill Konigsberg, and Ned Vizzini, all great young adult authors. We’ll also be the first to hear the winners of this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award. OK, I already know the winner, because the author is a facebook friend, but I don’t know the runners up. I’ll be posting the announcement here ASAP. Don’t miss it!

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Party Pix!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 31, 2009

The Blatant Bibliophiles met on Monday, March 30 to discuss Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle. We also ate ice cream sundaes, which added to the enjoyment of the book. Almost everyone enjoyed the book, and everyone enjoyed the ice cream. Hope you enjoy the slide show! At our next meeting next month we’ll discuss The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll have the results from this year’s Peach Book Awards from the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. Happy reading!

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Help Us Help!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 25, 2009


Please bring your gently used children’s and young adult books to the media center for the Blatant Bibliophile book drive for the Canton Family Violence Center. This is a change from our original post–originally we thought we wanted women’s books only, but we now have learned that the center needs books for kids from birth through high school because they are trying to establish a library for the children of the families who seek shelter there. We will give free candy to all students bringing in a book for our drive, and will award a Barnes & Noble gift card to the student bringing in the most books. We will also have a drawing among all students bringing in books for our drive for another Barnes & Noble gift card. Students will be entered into the drawing one time for each book they donate to the drive. Please give your books to Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Beasley and be sure to add your name to the list for the drawing. The book drive will be held from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 17.

Operation Teen Book Drop, sponsored by our friends at readergirlz, YALSA, and GuysLit Wire, is being held on Teen Literature Day, April 16, so this is our contribution to the effort. This annual event asks teens to leave a book in a public place. This year, these three groups have worked with teen book publishers to provide over 8,000 new young adult novels, audiobooks, and graphic novels to teens in pediatric hospitals. You can go to the readergirlz site to download book plates to insert in your donated books if you would like.

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Read Great YA Lit. Online. For Free. Go HarperTeen!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 20, 2009

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Have you checked out the HarperTeen book site? HarperTeen publishes lots of the books you’re probably reading, and you can read portions of your favorite books online. In fact, you can often read the entire book online. Right now, for a limited time, you can read 100%, yes, all, of The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle. Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith, this is the tale of two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, and Elena, the beautiful girl torn between them. 

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You think that’s something? You can also get every single word of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. In case you didn’t know, Wicked Lovely is one of the 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees. Don’t be mad at me if you sit around and wait. I don’t know how long this will last; I just know it’s available now, and it’s for a limited time. Oh. And you can also get these cool widgets to post on your social networking site, blog, or other website. You’ve just got to discover HarperTeen!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Still Hungry After 40 Years

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 20, 2009

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Have you checked out Google today? As I’m sure you know, Google frequently changes their logo to reflect significant events of the day. Today’s logo celebrates author Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, perhaps the most famous of his many wonderful children’s books. As a Blatant Bibliophile, this may have been one of your first books, or one of the books that inspired your life-long love of reading. According to an article in the London Telegraph, Mr. Carle, who will celebrate his eightieth birthday later this year, was inspired by, of all things, a hole puncher to create his world-famous book. Here’s what he had to say about how he invented his character: “One day I was punching holes with a hole puncher into a stack of paper, and I thought of a bookworm and so I created a story called “A Week with Willi the Worm”. Then my editor suggested a caterpillar instead and I said “Butterfly!” That’s how it began,” he said. Today marks the fortieth anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and elementary schools and public libraries around the world are celebrating. The book is published in 47 languages and has sold over 29 million copies. A copy is sold every thirty seconds somewhere in the world. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is just one of over seventy children’s picture books Mr. Carle has published. If you love Eric Carle and his books, celebrate by reading a book with a child. You may also enjoy visiting his website.

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2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees Slide Show; Still No Word on 2009 Winner

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 16, 2009

Here’s a slide show of the new 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees. There’s no word yet on the winner for the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award. But I can tell you who won at Creekview, if it’s any comfort to you. In first place with the most votes and the most overall points was Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle finished second in points and votes, and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld finished third in both points and votes. Will the state totals turn out the same as the Creekview totals? It’s my opinion that Impulse and Uglies will turn up in the top three. I’m guessing that Absolutely, Positively Not probably got more votes here because we are reading it this month, but it is one of my favorites–maybe my very favorite.  I don’t know–I liked all of the ones I have read, which is about half of them. It is easy to see why they were nominated!

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