In the novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, the stories of many teenagers living in the early 1990s are retold. Their stories reveal how challenging high school can be. From family problems to drug and alcohol consumption, these teenagers overcome many coming of age obstacles. As if turning sixteen was not challenging enough, Charlie deals with friends passing away, fitting in, and maintaining good grades. Charlie’s life may have changed drastically from age fifteen to age sixteen, but the changes that his family and friends experience have just begun. On the surface, Charlie’s family appears to be a typical family consisting of the normal mother, father, and three kids. Although they meet the standard family criteria, this does not mean they are one big happy family. They have their fair share of problems, some even dating back a generation or two. Charlie’s family is not very skilled in communicating with one another and are certainly not forthcoming with physical affection. Several times throughout the novel, readers discover how Charlie’s mom rarely talks. Charlie even says, “My mom chooses her battles carefully, and I can tell you one thing about my family. When my mom does say something, she always gets her way” (Chbosky 25). But communication is not the only problem Charlie’s family has. When comparing Charlie’s family to Sam and Patrick’s family, there are tremendous differences. “A lot of parents make you feel awkward when you first meet them. But not Sam and Patrick’s. They were friendly all through dinner, and when dinner was over, they left so we could have our party” (Chbosky 65). Sam and Patrick’s parents are warm and inviting as Charlie’s parents are cold and stern. Another difference between the families is the relationships between siblings. Sam and Patrick have a great relationship and always hang out together. Charlie and his siblings barely exchange words let alone hang out together. With...
Cited: Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. New York, NY: Gallery Books, 1999.
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