Belonging: Epistolary Novel and High School

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Title: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Composer: Stephen Chbosky
Source: MTV Books/Pocket Books
Date: Published Feb 1, 1999
context: The epistolary novel, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is semi-autobiographical. it is set in Stephen Chbosky's home town Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania. Chbosky was working on a "very different type of book" 1994 when he wrote the line ,"I guess that's just one of the perks of being a wallflower." The writer recalled that he "wrote that line. And stopped. And realized that somewhere in that sentence was the kid I was really trying to find." Several years later, Chbosky began writing The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a novel that follows the emotional maturation and self growth of "Charlie" over the course of his freshman year of high school. The book is semi-autobiographical. Chbosky has said that he "relates to Charlie"

Audience: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower presents issues almost any teenager is able to relate to. Although it has an intended teenage audience it also has many good reviews by several different age groups.

Purpose: Chbosky shows through Charlie that “even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there”. He wants the reader to focus on this message and understand that it is okay to be a little different or strange as long as your heart is in the right place.

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower is an incredibly accurate depiction of early adolescence and growing up. It is a narrated story by an introverted, shy 15 year old who goes by the alias of "Charlie". Charlie is a sincere and emotional character, who experiences episodes of depression triggered by sexual abuse as a young child. He is perceived as "weird" or "different" because of his disturbed emotional state and the fact that he is so quiet.

The book is set out over Charlie's freshman year in high school, which he is starting friendless. His only friend, Micheal, killed...
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