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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Sydney Blanc-Pokorny

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Main character Charlie has just started his first day of his freshman year of high school. Shy and timid, Charlie lives in his own little world. Writing letters to an imaginary friend, Charlie discovers himself through his new friends and the challenges he faces on a journey that we like to call, growing up.
About the Author
Stephen Chbosky
Born January 25, 1970 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He grew up in Upper St. Claire and went to their local high school.
He received his Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s film writing program in 1992.
Chbosky's Other Works
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is Chbosky's only novel at the moment. It was published February 1, 1999. It was also made into a major motion picture and was released September 21, 2012 in the US. Chbosky also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of "Rent" and was an executive producer of a television drama called, "Jericho."
The Story
Point of View
First Person
The story is narrated by main character, Charlie. No other character's feelings or thoughts are expressed but his.
The setting of the story takes place in Pittsburgh, PA in 1990. Charlie loves listening to one of his favorite bands, "The Smiths", on his cassette tape. Which was a popular way of listening to music in the 90s.
The Setting
The author's writing style is flowy and easy to understand. But it isn't dull or boring to read.
The tone in the story is belonging. Charlie and his friends all struggle through their teenage years to realize who they are.
"And in that moment, I swear we were infinite." This quote made me feel really happy and hopeful.
I could name off several different themes in this story, but the one the sticks out the most for me is friendship. Charlie's friends are a pretty big part of Charlie discovering who he is. If it wasn't for them, he wouldn't have broken from his isolation from the world, or experience what it was like to grow up. Without the theme of friendship, well, there wouldn't really be a story at all.
Charlie is a shy teenager without friends that had just joined the high school. Through his teen years he faces many traumatic experiences such as the death of his aunt and his best friend committing suicide. Throughout the book, Charlie struggles to discover who he truly is.
Antagonist & Protagonist
Believe it or not, Charlie is both the antagonist and protagonist in the story. He is his own worst enemy, while also being somewhat of his own hero.
Dynamic & Static Characters
Sam is the girl that Charlie falls in love with. She's a very loyal and kind friend to Charlie and their other good friend Patrick. Her character stays the same throughout the book.
Charlie's character changes drastically throughout the book. He gains more confidence in himself as the story moves along.
Works Cited
Thomson, Elizabeth. "Stephen Chbosky." PAbook Libraries. Web. Summer 2007.

Chbosky, Stephen. "The Perks of being a Wallflower." New York: Simon and Schuster Inc. 1999.

Carvalho, Claudio. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summary." IMBD. Web. 2012.

Man vs. Man
Author: Stephen Chbosky
By: Sydney Blanc-Pokorny
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