Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Written By: Sarah Nguyen

Who knew that high school was going to be this bad?

Oh, right. Us. And the main character of this story too.

Charlie, a wallflower, starts his first year of high school alone. And he doesn’t like it. The people he liked in middle school have changed. Things aren’t looking good, and to cope with this he writes a series of letters to someone he’s heard of but never met. These letters make up the chapters of the book.

Things start to look up when he becomes friends with his English teacher, Bill and a group of seniors who appreciate him for his unique self.

With the help of his friends, and his “go with the flow” attitude, he explores his teen life through experimenting with drugs and alcohol, sex, family relationships, mixed tapes, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

But as these things start taking a toll on him, he learns how participating is important in life, and finds out a secret about himself that even he didn’t know (or remember).
This book is amazing. I wrote a book report on it, so I had to delve into the depths and explore every nook and cranny of it, and whoa, there were a lot of things to discover.

Let’s start with this: I think this book is perfect for us high schoolers. If you like Glee, then you’ll totally dig this book. Glee and Perks are actually very much the same, although with slightly different plots. They both deal with various teen topics like drugs, alcohol, sex, family relationships, and music. The characters have a lot in common as well. For example, they’re unpopular and they’re in high school dealing with labels and bullying. But Perks is a bit more extreme and concentrates on one person, while Glee doesn’t. Ultimately, both stories have morals and situations that we can easily relate to.

Chbosky, the author of Perks, is also the director and screenwriter for the film. If you’ve already seen it then I recommend you read the book as well. It makes for a very good Christmas present for anyone ages 14 and up.

Enjoy!

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