Jingyi Jenny Tan
Book Report Essay: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
For my book report, I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Eloquently written by Stephen Chbosky, it is narrated by Charlie as he describes the highs and lows of being a teenager. Other major characters include Sam and Patrick, two teenagers he meets at a football game, and Charlie’s sister.
The story takes place in a suburban area of Pittsburgh during the early 1990’s. Charlie is a freshman in high school, very apprehensive due to the fact that his friend Michael has committed suicide a few months ago. He doesn’t feel like he can truly lean on his parents or older siblings for support, because they never truly understood him. He also explains that the only relative he ever felt close to was his Aunt Helen, but she was killed in a car accident on his seventh birthday. Charlie soon befriends two seniors; Sam, and her stepbrother Patrick. He develops strong feelings for Sam. Charlie writes about the situations he gets into with his new friends including going parties, doing drugs for the first time, watching Sam and Patrick perform in the Rocky Horror Show, and driving through a tunnel and feeling infinite.
Despite his feelings for Sam, Charlie briefly dates Mary Elizabeth, another girl in their clique. He takes her to the Sadie Hawkins dance at school, and then goes on a couple of dates with her. At first Charlie does not mind how one-sided their relationship is, but he has sex with Mary Elizabeth, he does not like the fast pace of their relationship. During a game of truth and dare when Patrick dares him to kiss the prettiest girl in the room, Charlie kisses Sam, which ends his relationship with Mary Elizabeth.
Speaking of relationships, this book discusses many issues that still go on today in relationships. Sam, who dates a hunky football player named Craig, who we find out has been cheating with her during the whole relationship. Another relationship...
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