The Influence of Friends

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Part I

- The book opens in 1991, when Charlie writes a letter to some unknown person who "didn't try to sleep with that person at that party" even though they could have. He tells us that he will call people by different names, so as to reserve his anonymity. I like that he opens the book like this because it gives us a hint as to the moral center of Charlie. I also, personally, believe that he is writing to another male, which is interesting in itself.

- One of my favorite passages:
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”

How true. Aren't we all just trying to figure it out? Trying to sort the good from the bad. Hoping that the good will outweigh everything else? In the words of Forest Gump, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

- From the very first letter, Charlie is straightforward. He tells us about his family, his friend Michael, and his Aunt Helen. I love how blunt he is about his fears of starting a new phase in his life - a theme, I'm sure, everyone can relate to, be it high school or marriage. - When referring to Susan, a friend of his in middle school, Charlie writes: Now, she acts a lot dumber in the hallways, especially when boys are around. And I think it's sad because Susan doesn't look as happy.

I know a lot of people who are like this. People who pretend to be dumber than they are, so as to fit in. This isn't just a high school thing. It's a life habit for some. I, too, think it's sad because they really don't look happy.

- I adore that Charlie's a reader. I also find that once I finish a book it "is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book." Moreover, I love Charlie's English teacher, Bill. He reminds me of my English professor in high school, which was the single most significant teacher I ever had. I really hope...
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