Steven Chbosky's beloved debut novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has resonated with readers and critics alike since its 1999 release. The film adaptation, now playing in select cities and scheduled for wider release September 28, stars book-to-film veterans Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Directed by Chbosky himself, the film is already garnering praise.

Last week, our children's and teen editor Vicky Smith spoke with CNN's Breeanna Hare about the book's continued popularity and marked influence on modern YA literature.


For a "Wallflower," Stephen Chbosky's Charlie has quite a reputation.

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The character, a sensitive 15-year-old high school freshman who initially keeps to himself, was first introduced to a generation of readers in 1999 as the protagonist of Chbosky's novel, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Since then, he's become just as famous for being too risqué for some classrooms as he is for endearing himself to a legion of fans.

In a series of letters addressed to an anonymous reader, Charlie describes the disorientation of losing a friend to suicide, the ways high school can feel like an experiment in isolation, and, at the heart of the story, his bond with older students Sam and her stepbrother, Patrick.

Now, 13 years after readers first met him, Charlie is in theaters this weekend in an adapation written and directed by Chbosky...

 

Read the full article, "A 'Wallflower's' Lasting Impact" at CNN.com.