Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Essay

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“....And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” (Chbosky) The thoughts of a teenager are odd things, and even more odd are the thoughts of fifteen year old Charlie, the best friend of a boy who committed suicide. Charlie has been through a lot in his life, and during the book he goes through even more.

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,
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This would not be a forced choice, but would instead be highly recommended.

The book may be all of the horrible things aforementioned, but it is also truthful. Stephen Chbosky did not hold back while writing this book, and he has painted a perfect picture of how life was when he was young, as well as shining light on the subjects nobody ever wants to mention, but many people face. Some of these subjects being drugs, homosexuality, and ever more pressing, surviving your teenage years. I do not believe that any teenager could say that their lives are perfect when asked. Everyone has problems, whether it be the kind shown in Perks of Being A Wallflower or others.

‘We accept the love we think we deserve.” Whether you like or dislike Perks of Being a Wallflower, this one phrase can seriously make you wonder. The book may not be to your personal liking, but the least any one person can do is actually read through the entire book instead of immediately stereotyping it without reading a page.

My personal view on the book is that, though I myself enjoyed it, it may not be everyone’s favorite. To parents that do not want their children to read Perks of Being A Wallflower, ask their teacher to give them another book instead, but do it politely. To students who do not wish to read the book, ask your teachers if you may read
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