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The Perks of Being a Wallflower & the Freedom to Read Foundation

Posted By Jonathan M. Kelley, Friday, October 12, 2012


Today is the nationawide premiere of the film version of Stephen Chbosky's timeless young adult novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

This past summer, Chbosky joined with the Freedom to Read Foundation to give a free sneak peek of the movie to attendees of ALA's Annual Conference in Anaheim. This was the first audience outside of focus groups to see it, and the response was tremendous! Steve stayed and talked with the audience, and then signed dozens of books.

This week, Steve put out a call to invite everyone to see his movie - and to join him in becoming a Freedom to Read Foundation member

For over 40 years, FTRF has been on the front lines, helping libraries keep books like Perks on library shelves and in classrooms. Last week was Banned Books Week, and I was pleased to speak at CalPoly (thanks to an FTRF grant) about how censorship affects real people, and how we can’t let it stop us from reaching those this book – and now movie – were designed to reach. Freedom to Read Foundation membership starts at $35.00. By joining, you will go a long way toward helping FTRF ensuring your right to select material you know young people want and need to see.

This movie is the culmination of a 21 year dream. It is hands down the best thing I have ever personally done. And if you don't want to take my word for it (and I don't blame you if you did), I can say that the film has received glowing reviews from Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, and Roger Ebert. We've also received unsolicited praise from David Letterman, Anderson Cooper, and Paul McCartney... the cute Beatle!

If you want to know what the film is like, people have compared it to Dead Poets Society, The Breakfast Club, and Rebel Without a Cause. It's a movie about young people that adults love just as much. People especially love the movie's cast... Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Kate Walsh, and too many talented young actors to name.

The long and the short of it is... after working in Hollywood since I was 22, I can honestly say that I got one right. I stand by it 100%. And it would mean the world to me if you saw it and let me know what you thought. If you need more information, you can go to:

Showtimes and Theaters

Reviews and Audience Reaction


Stephen Chbosky

Our thanks to Steve for his support - and for putting out such a touching, powerful film.  If you're not an FTRF member yet, please consider joining - and if you are, please invite your friends to join!

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