The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky was born in 1970. He wrote the screenplay for the film Rent. As a teenager Stephen loved reading classics such as “The Catcher in the Rye” and other books of the horror & fantasy blend. Tennessee Williams was his favorite author. In 1992 he graduated from the University of Southern California’s screenwriting program. Stephen currently lives in California & is an active gay rights supporter.

This teenage boy who calls himself Charlie, writes an anonymous person about his life and what is going on with it, sort of like a journal. Charlie is starting high school, and realizing all of the new pressures that come with being a teenager. Charlie goes through many topics found with being a teenager, such as sexuality, masturbation, drugs, alcohol, friends, introversion and more. Charlie’s best friend, Michael, died before his high school year started, so in the beginning he doesn’t fit in as well because he doesn’t feel as comfortable as he would have. Charlie meets two people named Patrick and Sam. Patrick and Sam introduce Charlie to dating, love, his first marijuana, alcohol and L.S.D experience. Charlie then gets his first girlfriend, Mary Elizabeth. His relationship with her turns into him not having the same feelings for her, and a breakup .As the story continues, he realizes why he is different than many other people, and why he cannot function as normally. He was sexually abused as a child, and blocked out all of the memories. Charlie never knows if the address is in use, or if anyone ever read the letters.

Charlie: Insecure, Imaginative, Curious, Unique
Patrick: Sensitive, Artistic, Mature, Carefree
Sam: Intelligent, Ambitious, Friendly, Emotional
Mary Elizabeth: Outspoken, Determined, Insecure

“The world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs and the Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on...
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