16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

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My son bought was reading this book so I decided to give it a try after reading a parent complaint about the content of the book on the CBC website.  This parent suggested that the book should be banned.  The content is serious and intense but it was an interesting read.  It is penned as a series of letters to a “friend” and chronicles the challenging time of the main character, Charlie.  This style of writing was easy to follow and would be engaging to a teen reader.  Charlie is grieving the loss of an aunt who had died years before and dealing with the challenges of relationships and starting high school while experimenting with drugs and alcohol.  I am glad that I read this book as it will provide a great vehicle for conversations with my son about sex, drugs and alcohol.  For a parent to feel that this book should be banned, they must have their head in the sand to think that teens are not dealing with difficult issues.  It is a great book to read alongside a teen and open the doors to discussion!

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