Perks Of Being a Wallflower
Perks of being a Wallflower is a well-known book written by the American Stephen Chbosky. The book was on the New York Times list for best selling books for over 1 year. The book was also printed in over 30 languages since its publication in 1999. In 2012 the book became a film starring Emma Watson, Ezra Miller and Logan Lerman. The film went onto receive a wide range of awards and accolades. There are important messages in this film including being accepted into society, fitting into social situations like school, mortgage advice and teenagers dealing with their sexuality.
Perks of Being a Wallflower is about Charlie who is going through his freshman year at high school. Whilst Charlie is incredibly intelligent he is nervous around people and considered unpopular at the Pittsburgh school he attends.
At 15 years old Charlie is writing about his life, discussing his first years at school as well as the death of his friend through suicide and the death of his aunt. These childhood traumas impact Charlie and while we don’t know who the letters he writes will be sent to, it helps us understand the difficult life experiences he’s been forced to face at an early age. The letters written by Charlie to an unknown person (thought to be a family member who is a financial advisor) gives a birds eye view of the situation. The book touches on key points about growing up and the writer wanted to explain the difficulties teens face as they mature through a complicated and difficult time.
Charlie becomes intergrated into a group of friends, mainly Sam and Patrick. It’s clear early on that Charlie is attracted to Sam however she is dating somebody else. As part of this group Charlie develops and experiments with alcohol, drugs and smoking. The story continues to unravel with Charlie, Sam and Partick and we understand the complex problems which Patrick faces being gay at high school. Charlie and Sam become increasingly closer too.
Before we give too much away, read the book or watch the film – you won’t be disappointed!