Amanda Prado -- Summer Reading Journal
"The Perks of being a Wallflower", by Stephen Chobsky
In "The Perks..." there are a variety of personalities portrayed through the book. Charlie being the "wallflower" of the title, was different from most of the other students at his high school. He understood what most didn't and didn't judge anyone for who they are or what they were like; on the contrary, he actually thought about and sometimes asked why they decided to be that way, and there was nothing more to it. Through out the book, entirely composed of letters to an unnamed "friend", he explains how he met eccentric people, like Sam and her step-brother Patrick; two kids a few years older than the at the time freshman Charlie. Sam was Charlie's first love in the story, he described her as having "unconditional beauty". Patrick was probably Charlie's best friend. Patrick was first introduced as a strange boy he knew about nicknamed "Nothing", a name he got after other students taunted him and he told them that if they couldn't call him Patrick they could call them nothing, and it sort of stuck from there. In Charlie's letters, his siblings, older brother and sister whom he never calls by their name- just "my brother" or "my sister', appear in certain scenes. Charlie usually has unusual experiences around his sister and he only sees his brother on the TV when he plays football for Penn State University. Charlie also talks about his advanced English teacher, a man whom he named Bill. Bill is never physically described, but he does give Charlie interesting and challenging books and usually asks for a book report. Charlie has asked Bill why he can't move into a sophmore or junior year and Bill says it does no good for they all do a similar thing. The time period in which Charlie is writing to his "friend", was from August 21,1991 and August 23,1992. Through out that year, Charlie experiences what sex and seduction were really about. He saw how people liked him...
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