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A modern Holden? I finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'm wondering...

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM via web

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A modern Holden?

I finally read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I'm wondering exactly what you think is so alluring about this text to young people. I have my ideas, but when I talk to kids they are all over the place in their reasons for loving this cult classic. Most can't even really express what draws them to it--they just love it. Is Charlie the modern Holden?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 17, 2010 at 9:08 PM (Answer #2)

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Well, now.  You've gotten my attention and given me another book to add to my growing list of books to read.  I love The Catcher in the Rye, and if this book is a modern version, then I have to add it to my collection.  I'll come back to this discussion after I've read it...until then, I'll wait for you to publish your thoughts!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 20, 2010 at 8:36 AM (Answer #3)

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Well, the good news for you, amy-lepore, is that it's young adult fiction and you could finish it in an afternoon (or a late night, if you're anything like me!). Don't want to say too much, but if you love Holden you're the one I want to hear from. I'll refrain until I know you've read.

 

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:14 AM (Answer #4)

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Oh no, I disagree! I'm one of those readers who idolizes a novel so much that I shudder if I hear another one compared to it, and make sure to avoid it at all costs. Wasn't there another book, a so-called sequel, that was the subject of a court case about J.D. Salinger recently? I remember deciding to avoid it. However, if someone mentioned The Perks Of Being A Wallflower to me without that reference, I would probably be very interested to investigate it, as I'm also trying to read 'Vernon Godlittle' by D.B.C. Pierre.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 27, 2010 at 7:13 AM (Answer #5)

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I'm not sure I understand the refusal to read a book based upon conclusions others have drawn about it. One of the purposes of reading literature is that we each draw our own conclusions and form our own opinions. If we refuse to read books that might upset our previous appreciation of other writings what kind of literary dialogue would we have?

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