Banned books week

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Background Info. on Banned Books Week

Banned books week started in 1982, in response to the many books being challenged, since then more than 11,300 books have been challenged. Many challenges go unreported, only 311 were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014. The perks of being a wallflower was in the top 10 challenged books of 2014.
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Book Description/Why it was Banned

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower was challenged because of these reasons drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation"

Summary:

"Fifteen-year-old Charlie is coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael. To lessen the fear and anxiety of starting high school alone, Charlie starts writing letters to a stranger, someone he heard was nice but has never met in person.

At school, Charlie finds a friend and mentor in his English teacher, Bill. He also overcomes his chronic shyness and approaches a classmate, Patrick, who, along with his step-sister Sam, become two of Charlie's BFFs.

During the course of the school year, Charlie has his first date and his first kiss, he deals with bullies, he experiments with drugs and drinking, and he makes friends, loses them, and gains them back. He creates his own soundtrack through a series of mix tapes full of iconic songs, reads a huge stack of classic books, and gets involved in the Rocky Horror Picture Show audience-participation culture.

Charlie has a relatively stable home life, though, with supportive, if distant, parents to fall back on. Unfortunately, a disturbing family secret that Charlie has repressed for his entire life surfaces at the end of the school year. Charlie has a severe mental breakdown and ends up hospitalized.

Charlie's final letter closes with feelings of hope: getting released from the hospital, forgiving his aunt Helen for what she did to him, finding new friends during sophomore year, and trying his best not to be a wallflower. Charlie hopes to get out of his head and into the real world, participating in life instead of just watching it fly by."



Also this books popularity soared when a movie was made based off of it.

Link to movie trailer is at the bottom


HOW THE BOOK IS REPRESENTED IN THE SCULPTURE:

The perks of being a wallflower is depicted in a flower that is slightly brown to show it charred, its showing literally the wallflower and how damaged it is. I chose a flower to represent it because flowers are fragile just like the protagonist, also as a reference to the title.



SOURCES: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about

http://www.shmoop.com/perks-of-being-a-wallflower/summary.html