Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 
Book Menu for The The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

ISBN of edition I read: 0671027344 (paperback)

Food mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
French fries, 3, 143
McDonald's, 3, 120
Tuna, 11
Chinese chicken salad, 14
Pumpkin pie, 20
Orange, 29
Nachos, 29
Diet Coke, 29
Potato chips, 31
Twinkies, 34,50
Brownies, 34
Milkshake, 35
Tacos, 55
Pringles, 67
Jello, 94
Tea, 106
Cherry Garcia ice cream, 114
Pizza, 114, 157
Club Sandwiches, 134
Salisbury steak, 150
Grape Kool-Aid, 167,
Champagne, 171, 186
Pancakes and bacon, 176
Ginger ale, 180
Ice cream, 186
Apple juice, 186
Pigs in a blanket, 191
Ho-Ho's, 196
Bacon and eggs, 204

Books/Authors mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
To Kill a Mockingbird / Harper Lee, 9, 11, 13, 14, 133, 193
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   This Side of Paradise , 20, 105, 193
   The Great Gatsby / , 63, 174, 193
Peter Pan / J.M. Barrie, 28, 46
A Separate Peace / John Knowles, 63
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk / Randy Shilts, 64
Anne Rice, 68
The Catcher in the Rye / J. D. Salinger, 75, 80, 92, 193
Henry David Thoreau, 189
   Walden , 83, 120, 128, 131, 193, 209
On the Road / Jack Kerouac, 103, 106, 165, 193
Naked Lunch / William S. Burroughs, 107, 111, 165, 169, 193
ee cummings, 132, 143, 137, 193
Hamlet / William Shakespeare, 134, 193
The Stranger / Albert Camus, 149, 164, 169, 193
The Fountainhead / Ayn Rand, 165, 166, 167, 169, 174, 180, 193

Music mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
Asleep / The Smiths , 10, 93
Blackbird, 37
MLK, 37
Landslide, 37
Pink Floyd , 43
The Village People , 61
Blondie, 61
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" / Nirvana
List on page 61-62
"Something" /The Beatles , 68
Nirvana, 104
John Lennon, 104
Jim Morrison, 104
The Slits , 125
Billie Holiday , 125, 129, 173
White Album, 135
"Broken Wings" / Mr. Mister , 158

Movies mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
It's A Wonderful Life , 76, 86
The Producers , 109
Reds , 114
The Graduate , 164
Harold and Maude , 164
My Life as a Dog , 164
Dead Poets Society , 164
The Unbelievable Truth , 165
Night of the Living Dead , 193
The Rocky Horror Picture Show , 47, 104, 109, 134, 147, 154, 174

Television mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
Saturday Night Live , 15, 89
The Love Boat , 15
Fantasy Island , 15
M*A*S*H , 15, 78, 80, 104

Magazines mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
Good Housekeeping , 15
Cosmopolitan , 15

Libraries mentioned in The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
Page 17:  "I went to the library to look up the figures, and I found out that the episode we watched is the highest watched anything of television (MASH) history, which I find amazing because it felt like just the five of us."

Pages 64-65: "I went to the library when Patrick told me [Harvey Milk] was gay, and I did some research because I honestly didn't know much about it...."

Page 77: "My dad doesn't read books too much anymore because he listens to books on cassette tapes on the way to work, and he gets them free from the library."

Page 101: "I went to the library and checked out a book because I was getting scared."

Discussion questions for The Perks of Being a Wallflower :
Is Charlie "wiser than his years"?

Is the any significance to the poem on pages 70-73?  How does it relate to the story?

What are the sister and brother's names?

Who do you think Charlie is writing to? What purpose do the letters serve?

Why or why wouldn't you recommend this book to a friend?

Would you want Bill as a teacher?

What do you think of the title? Fitting?  What ARE the perks?

Describe "feeling infinite" from page 213

What do you think is Charlie's bravest moment?

What do you think is the right age/reading/grade level for this book?