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Doerr English III 9/13/11 The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Summary

Steven Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is about a young teen named Charlie who faces the hard obstacles of entering high school. The book is written as a series of letters from Charlie to an unnamed friend. The main character is a sensitive freshman who has dealt with many uncomfortable issues from his past and present. He suffers from depression spells sparked from previously being sexually abused as a child. His reasons for being confused and depressed keep piling up by loss of friends, being socially accepted, dealing with addictions and being indecisive of his sexuality. The struggling individualist is drawn to a crowd at school who accept him for who he is. A writer, lover of music, a poet, and most of all, his unique individuality. Charlie’s hindrances in life have been caused by things he wished he could erase from his memory. For his closest friend to commit suicide before their freshman year of high school, leaving Charlie even more alone than he already was to begin with, just added to the excess amounts of stress and depression that he was dealing with before the incident. Many people, especially teenagers, will find themselves feeling like they don’t belong anywhere.

Issues like being worried about being socially accepted, being normal, liking the “right” gender and making the right decisions in life, are all great topics that Chbosky chose for this book. Any reader who picks up this book will connect with it in some way. These are all speed bumps in life that every teen stumbles over at some point, relating to their life in some way. You will find yourself really feeling for Charlie and his many endeavors throughout his story.

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