Alright, confession time, I am not the most outgoing of people. I would prefer to sit back and watch the world from a safe distance than risk accidently slipping (and probably fall hilariously on my face) into the limelight for even the briefest of moments. Although I will not pretend that I have suddenly developed a particularly strong attraction to center stage, I do believe that I have become more willing to accept the occasional flashlight beam of attention. Charlie showed me that this is alright. By definition wallflowers are people that tend to stand off to the side at social events or parties and I used to be one. Consider this a look behind the scenes, a glance of what a simple piece of fiction can do for a person.
It all began on a day in July, not memorably hot one or experiencing any other sort of bizarre weather like phenomenon that would have caused me to feel completely justified in remaining indoors away from the outside world, but I digress, I set out to the mall and after doing shopping mainly comprised of looking at a price tag and backing away slowly as a result of all the money I didn’t have, I finally ended up where I belonged, Barnes & Noble. As I...
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...rs that I hardly knew simply because I could. I gained a stronger connection with my English teacher that year like Charlie did with Mr. Anderson. This connection allowed me to improve my writing and analyzing skills and rekindled a love of reading that had grown dimmer. I became more comfortable going to a teacher with my questions and this helped me in other areas of my studies, especially in my worst subject, math, which I had struggled through for many years never daring to admit that I did not understand.
This book shined a light upon a world that I did not fully feel comfortable being an active part of. Charlie, despite not being technically real, was the most influential person in my life. The first time and every time after that of which I have had the pleasure of learning from him has been a blessing remains to be one of the most impactful things in my life.
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