The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a book written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy named Charlie writing to an anonymous person in diary form. He leaves out real names and exchanges them for generic or fake names. He lives most of his life on the sidelines until he meets Patrick in shop class they don’t really become friends until at a football game Patrick and his sister Sam asks Charlie if they want to hang out. They form a strong relationship together after spending time together going to parties where Charlie learns Patrick is gay. charlie attends a secret Santa with sam, Patrick, and their friends.
At that party, Charlie got his first kiss from Sam, who he has a crush on. As christmas and charlie’s birthday arivess charlie struggles with depression and memories of his deceased aunt Helen. After the holidays are over he improves with the help of his friends. While his sister comes to him when she learns she is pregnant. They go to the doctor to get an abortion. So their parents don’t learn about it. This experience brought them together as sister and brother. Charlie started to date Mary Elizabeth -sam and patrick friend- but later they broke up when charlie kisses sam on a dare to kiss the prettiest girl in the room. Patrick and Brad -Patrick’s boyfriend- break up. Because brad’s dad found out. When patrick confronts brad at school brad and his friends attack patrick. Carlie comes to his ad. Towards the end of the year charlie grows anxious knowing that his friends are going off to college soon.
Him and sam begin to make out and start to have sexual contact but the act bring up memories from when he was a kid and his Aunt Helen raping him as a child. In the epilogue sam is sending his last letter to the anonymous person he is writing to saying saying that his parents had found him naked in a comatose state on the couch. They took him to a mental hospital, where Charlie eventually realizes that Aunt Helen had sexually abused him, but that he had hidden these memories. Charlie forgives the memory of his Aunt Helen, and the novel ends with Charlie writing that he is planning to stop writing letters and to start participating fully in his life. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is an amazing book that you can read over and over and not get bored. Every time I tear up at the end because it’s so good. Nomaly I don’t like dairy formatted books but this is one of my favorite books. I would 100% recommend this book to ages 14+ because of mature topics and ideas. But if you are mature and ready for heavy topics this is a great book for you.