Perks of Being a Wallflower

Another in what seems like a recent obsession with books turned into movies, The Perks of Being a Wallflowerbased on the book of the same name by Stephen Chbosky –  is finally in theaters! If you’re a remotely bookish/artistic/subculture/interesting/geeky/cool sort of person, I highly recommend you check it out NOW at Landmark Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee. Unlike many books turned movies, this one promises to rock pretty hard.

Besides the fact that this flick features everyone’s favorite Muggle, Emma Watson, it’s based on a really awesome book and truly captures the feel of its era – the late 90s. Haven’t read Perks of Being a Wallflower yet? Do so as soon as you can get your hands on it, and then delve into some other classics of YA lit from the 1990s.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

One of those “coming of age” novels that everyone talks about, which basically means it’s about being a teenager and trying to make sense of this thing called life. Charlie, the titular wallflower, is a loner who is used to watching the action happen rather than being part of it. That passive stance, however, doesn’t always satisfy. You’ll fall in love with his perspective on how much life in high school can suck, and how much it sometimes doesn’t.

Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block

Reality meets fairy tale and everyday magic in punk-music-filled, neon-lit 1990s Southern California. The series follows Weetzie Bat and her family through decades of love, passion, heartbreak, magic accidents and tragic falls. Block takes on some very big issues, such as drug use and homophobia, in a beautiful way. Her writing captures the time period, yet her insight into love and family makes the tales timeless.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The book that put Laurie Halse Anderson on the map as a YA author. Melinda begins her freshman year of high school with a devastating secret: at an end-of-summer party, a popular senior raped her. Her status as a social outcast does nothing to help her recover from the trauma. Eventually she is able to come to terms with what happened to her and learn to deal with, if not totally conquer, the social pressure of high school.

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Written in the style of a film script, this amped up drama about 16-year-old Steve, on trial for his involvement in a robbery that went wrong, is unbelievably real. Rife with questions of right versus wrong and guilt versus innocence, you’ll never forget Steve’s story.

Check these all out at Shorewood Libary (and/or other Milwaukee County Libraries) and start figuring out the perks of being from the 90s.

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