The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower This modern, coming-of-age novel written by Stephen Chbosky follows the teenage life of a new freshman named Charlie. Through his letters to a mysterious stranger, readers follow his typical and not-so-typical experiences as he learns about friendship, relationships, sexuality, drugs, and everything that teenagers are often faced with growing up. Charlie gives insight into the non-glamorous life of a so-called “wallflower”. The use of “Point of View” in this novel not only creates the entire story line, but also adds a personal affect and relatable connection between Charlie and the reader. It is seen through his letters, and the way he writes them. As a contemporary-fiction novel, it is only fitting…show more content…
Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why” (Chbosky 34). This quote was one of the most identifiable quotes in the novel for the average, every day American teen. It is believed that everyone feels such a way at some point in his or her lives, pondering life at random. This quote is the epitome of a general, yet specific thought in a teenager’s mind, and quite possibly the most relatable. The Perks of Being a Wallflower give a strange glimpse into the day-to-day life of the run-of-the-mill yet quirky teenage boy. Charlie is “caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, which puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory” (Chbosky 218). From his point of view, readers feel connected to Charlie, through his story and letters to no one. There is a perspective given that may not be seen by the majority of readers during their lives, and it opens up the deep, thoughtful mindset of “that nerdy kid” that is rarely interacted with by students throughout this generation. This book gives the ability to create a more open mind about everyone around us. “So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know

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