The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book Review

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower lends itself as a coming of age story. The story surrounds Charlie, a fifteen year old teenage boy trying to fit in in his first year of high school. He must survive the days even though he comes off as “different.” Charlie constantly begs the answers to the bigger questions in life. As Charlie finds friends, his life becomes a roller coaster gripping the reader to listen to his story. The story begins with Charlie, a fifteen year old genius, who starts his first year of high school. Written in letters to an anonymous person, Charlie explains his experiences as they happen. In these letters we learn about his family and friends. He starts his letters off by talking about his friend, Michael, who committed suicide. Charlie describes how much he misses Michael, and how much he misses his other friend, Susan, who constantly blows Charlie off after middle school. Charlie describes his family. His family consists of himself, his mom, dad, brother, and sister. He also mentions the outspread relatives that he only sees on holidays including his Aunt Helen. Charlie’s Aunt Helen was his “favorite person in the whole world.” However, she died after a terrible car accident. Charlie’s dad, who Charlie describes as “a very proud and strong person”, inhibits the attitude of whatever he says goes. Charlie describes his mom as “emotional, but loving.” His brother plays football at Penn State and hardly comes home unless he must. Charlie never gets along with his sister. She dates a boy secretly due to an incident where Charlie saw her boyfriend hit her. Charlie told his parents “for her protection.” They eventually break up with because the boyfriend gets Charlie’s sister pregnant and he dumps her. Charlie remembers a very specific time when his family watched the last

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