The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Summary and Character History

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, although it is not exactly “college level material” it has and always will be one of my favorite books of all time. I have actually done projects on this book before and I have come across the problem that just about every website, summary, and cliff-note that I have found are nowhere near what I believe this book is about.

For this particular paper I chose to use the website which gives a very short summary as well character history with a short description and a list of references. This website gives an accurate description of how the main character (Charlie) writes a series of letters dealing with issues such as drugs, death, molestation, sex, and much more. Although this all true about the novel there is no feeling behind any of this and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, to me, is all about feeling. If I were to summarize this outstanding novel it would sound something like this; this story is a collection of letter from a 15 year old boy we know as Charlie. Within his letter we learn of the boy’s struggle with the deaths of a friend as well as an aunt. Throughout the letters he learns about himself, love, alienation, depression, mental instability, and many other things every teenager must deal with. Above all else, it is an extremely touching story of a young boy comes to terms of his own molestation by a family member. Through Chbosky's story, every reader has a chance to look back at their youth, and understand that one's problems are always important, no matter how "bad" everyone else might have it. As you can clearly tell my summary is extremely passionate, unlike the first one all while giving a good glimpse into the novel.

Reading the summary of The Perks of Being a Wallflower most definitely ticked me off. I say this because I don’t think the summary did the novel justice at all. It in no way shape or form gives the reader an idea of how emotionally connected one can get to the...
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