The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Imagine receiving one’s first car or an acceptance letter to the best school in the state, or even simply having a birthday party. Now, on the contrary, imagine a close family member has just passed away, school is incredibly stressful, and, because of all this, a mental breakdown is on the horizon. From the most saturated moments to the ones that are decidedly grayscale, friends should be at the side of anyone experiencing these moments - which is nearly everyone. What if all those confidants vanished? This is what happened to charlie after his only friend, Michael, committed suicide. Then, he met step siblings Sam and Patrick, who filled his life with colors he hadn’t even known existed. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the author emphasizes the theme that, no matter how cliché it is, friendship can often be the one thing that teaches a person what to do to save themselves. The first important lesson Charlie learns is to trust and open up to people he feels a connection to. This is how he begins to let people in on the tangled-up mass that is his mind. Early on in their friendship, Patrick confesses perhaps his biggest secret to Charlie - he is gay. Charlie writes, “Patrick told me the story about him and Brad...When they were both juniors, [they] were at a party together...they were sitting in the basement...alone. Patrick said it was uncomfortable and exciting for both of them...And they ended up fooling around right there in the basement. Patrick

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