THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
By-Stephen Chbosky -Carla Mendez
# 1 YOUNG ADULT BESTSELLER
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a realistic fiction, young adult. The author was Stephen Chbosky.
Chbosky was born in Pennsylvania. He is 44 years old. He was inspired to write this book ever since he was a teen. He was influenced by other authors including J.D. Salinger. He wrote many screenplays, and directed the film of this novel. He wrote this book because it was Semi-autobiographical. Chbosky has said that he "relate[s] to Charlie[...] But my life in high school was in many ways different." Stephen stressed his desire that the story," through the book or movie or both, will reach out to teens who may feel alone or hopeless and help them see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
The main character in the novel is Charlie. He is a quiet, sensitive, 15 year old boy. He has a passion for reading and writing.
Other characters include Sam and Patrick. Charlie becomes friends with these two step-siblings who are seniors.
The setting of this book was mainly in Charlie's house and his high school. The story took place in the suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a novel about Charlie, a 15 year old who writes letters to an unknown person who he calls Friend. Throughout these letters, Charlie explains his life experiences through his freshman year, in high school. He explains how he goes through the world of family dramas, first dates, new friends, relationships, and drugs. Charlie tries to forget about his past and everything he has been through, but sometimes he just can't take holding it in.
The main conflict is Man VS. Self. Charlie has to deal with growing up, now that he is starting high school. Aside from his past, he has to come to the fact that he can change where he goes and what he does. Charlie acts accordingly to whether or not every one else will like his decisions or not. He tries to make everyone else happy but in some cases ends up hurting them.
The biggest problem is himself.
This novel has its ups and downs. Some parts are heartbreaking and sad. Others are happy moments where Charlie overcomes his problems.
The theme of this novel is that "Even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there," a quote from the novel. Charlie had to learn that he had to forget about what he had been through as a child, and that he has control of his life now. He can't change his past or where he comes from but now he can choose his decisions and where he goes from there.
"Acclaim for Stephen Chbosky's, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower"
"Charlie's loving instincts are very strong. Again and again throughout the book he exibits pure wisdom we all like to read about and witness. and Stephen Chbosky doesn't let us down. The language is plain and springy and blunt. . . In this culture where adolescence is a dirty word, I hope nothing bad ever happens to this [protagonist]."
This book is great because it explains conflicts and things that go on during a teenagers life. Charlie goes through a lot. I think many people can connect to it in many ways. I think it is a good novel for adolescents to read.
Overall this is a very great book to read.