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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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on 22 October 2013

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Transcript of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Presentation By Subhadra Menon
Characters
"Charlie":
Main Character
High school Freshman
14 years old
Shy/a little awkward
Avid reader
Has older brother and sister helping him through high school
All names of characters in this book are pseudonyms as "Charlie" did not feel comfortable revealing their real names to the recipient of his letters.
"Sam":
Charlie's crush
Also Charlie's friend
High school senior
17 years old
Free-spirited
Loyal/trusting
Loves football
Troubled-teen type
nicknamed "nothing"
Charlie's close friend
Sam's step-brother
High school senior
17 years old
funny personality
outgoing

Summary
About a boy called Charlie coping will the sad points in his life.
Starting highschool soon
Starts writing letters to stranger who he has never met about life to relax about the start of highschool
Novel is written in letters
Tells reader about Charlie's highschool life
"Patrick":
On first day of highschool Charlie's teacher becomes his friend
Teacher helps him with his problems
Charlie stops being shy to go talk to a senior from his shop class during a football game
Senior introduces Charlie to his step-sister Sam and they all become friends
They help Charlie become more outgoing, open him up to new things
Charlie falls in love with Sam, but Sam doesn't like Charlie in that way
Sam helps Charlie get involved with people because he wants to "participate"
Over time, Charlie experiments with substances, deals with bullies.
He makes friends, loses them, gets them back
Learns lessons from books, makes many mixtapes
Gets involved with senior's version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Charlie keeps thinking about his Aunt Helen, how much he loved her
When all his friends go to college, he recalls something a blocked out
Had been harassed by his aunt as a child
Leads him to have a mental breakdown and sends him into shock.
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What happens next?
Charlie's teacher
Charlie's first friend
teaches advanced literature
shows Charlie great books that teach him about life
guides Charlie through life at school
"Bill":
Other Characters:
"Mary Elizabeth"- Charlie's first girlfriend, and his friend
"Aunt Helen" - Charlie's beloved aunt
"Alice" - one of Charlie's friends
"Bob" - Charlie's friend, is addicted

Funny and amazing book
Realistic characters made you feel like you were part of the book
Recommend book to ages 13 and over because there are mature subjects
Not appropriate for younger people
author displays life of highschooler well
people who like funny, but sad books
characters and pull reader in
characters are likeable and you want to read more about them

Setting:
In or Around Pittsburgh, PA - Charlie, Sam and Patrick like to drive through this tunnel to feel the wind and feel "infinite" and Charlie defined this tunnel as Fort Pitt tunnel which is in Pittsburgh
The tunnel (a favourite destination) - windy, loud, enormous
The Big Boy (favourite restaurant) - warm, friendly, fun
School - rambunctious, troubling
1991 - Sam had introduced Charlie to a song that had just come out "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana which had come out in 1991
Music: One Headlight by The Wallflowers
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Opinion
Written very well for letter style
Portrays all feelings really well
Charlie thinks differently, overthinks
Charlie's thought process is entertaining.
Charlie saw a boy make a touchdown
Started thinking about how the boy would eventually tell this story
thought "this moment will just be another story someday"
most book characters just would not think this deeply about the simplest things.
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