On January the 25th in industrial 1970s Pittsburgh, Stephen Chbosky began the life that would eventually inspire him to pen his novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower. In case you were unaware, Perks is semi-autobiographical. Many experiences of Charlie’s, the book’s lead character, stem directly from situations and feelings that the writer went through himself. Kind of as Almost Famous is to writer/director Cameron Crowe. So as we celebrate and appreciate the Perks book and movie, in a way we are celebrating Chbosky himself and the life he has lived as well.

"Sometimes, I read a book and I think I am the people in the book." — The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

By the way, did you enjoy the movie version of Broadway Musical, Rent? Chbosky wrote that screenplay too!

On fullybookedonline.com’s store page for the Perks paperback (ISBN 9781847394071), several people have left their comments as a testament to how well loved this book is. Here’s one of our favorites:

“I felt like I belong in the picture. I felt as if I was sitting with Charlie, and Sam, and Patrick. I even highlighted my favorite lines. 🙂 I will be reading this book again.”
— from Marjorie Gabionza

Happy birthday, Stephen! As you can see, your work is much loved and appreciated. We wish you well, thank you, and are looking forward to seeing what’s next!

What’s your favorite Stephen Chbosky/Perks of Being a Wallflower quote?

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