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The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is set in the 90’s in a Pittsburgh, PA suburb. I’m from western PA and graduated high school in ’98, and like Charlie, the main character,  I’ve always been a quirky introvert. I saw the film a few months ago and loved it. I feel the same way about the novel.

Charlie is an awkward high school freshman who recently lost his friend Michael to suicide. Now that Michael’s gone, Charlie doesn’t really have any friends, unless you count his older sister and brother. One night at a high school football game, Charlie meets high school seniors Sam and Patrick, who are best friends and step-siblings. Charlie falls head over heels in love with Sam, even though she has a college boyfriend.

“There is this one photograph of Sam that is just beautiful. It would be impossible to describe how beautiful it is, but I’ll try. If you listen to the song “Asleep,” and you think about those pretty weather days that make you remember things, and you think about the prettiest eyes you’ve ever known, and you cry, and the person holds you back, then I think you will see the photograph” (27).

Sam knows how Charlie feels and she loves him too, just not in a romantic way. When she realizes that Charlie has never been kissed she says,”I want to make sure that the first person you kiss loves you. Okay?”

It was the kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life(40) -Charlie.

This novel reminded me of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which is another honest portrayal of an American teen.  


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