He has grown up relatively normally up until the day his Aunt Helen died, that is when his life changed. He distanced himself and constantly put himself in the hospital. When the book begins, Charlie is about to start his freshman year in high school. Charlie’s writing letters to someone he does not know, and these are what make up the entire book. Within the first few chapters you learn that he does not enjoy being in high school, though he makes two new friends, Sam and Patrick.
"Do you always think this much, Charlie?" (Chbosky) Charlie has an oddly unique view on many aspects of life, some of which being sex and music. He does not seem to understand many things in the normal way, but his thoughts on these things are very thorough. He occasionally looks around himself at the...
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- As one grows up, it becomes easy to forget what it was like to be a misunderstood teen. The woes of life become so hectic that they overpower any memory previously believed by one’s teenage mind to be a struggle. This is why Young Adult Literature exists; to remind aging adults just how difficult those years of angst really were. One such book that successfully accomplishes this great task is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Whether the reader is 12 or 112, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a relatable YA book that pulls at the heart strings with every page read.... [tags: young adult literature]
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