Steven Chbosky – The perks of being a wallflower
The perks of being a wallflower tells the story of a socially awkward and sometimes autistic boy called Charlie. The book is a bundle of letters about his first year of high school he wrote. However he’s a freshman he makes friends with seniors like Patrick, Sam and their friends who are different then the other kids at school. Charlie is an outsider, but his friends accept him for who he is. They call Charlie a wallflower, because he hears and sees things and understands them. Charlie tries hard to participate, to fit in. He is being introduced to parties and drugs. Furthermore he has an attached band with his literature teacher, Mister Anderson, because he reads a lot and he’s the first friend Charlie made at his first day of school. Charlie has funny, but also confusing thoughts. Charlie likes Sam very much and he thinks she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. He can’t stop thinking about her and has a crush on her. When Sam and Charlie are having a romantic moment, Charlie’s memories return. After a visit at the mental hospital it turns out Charlie has been displacing his memories of his aunt who abused him. This is probably the cause of Charlie being socially weak. The doctors take care of Charlie at the hospital and he stays in touch with Sam.
The book contains a lot of inspiring passages. One in particular is at school. Mr. Anderson told Charlie when Charlie asked for advice that we accept the love we think we deserve. When Charlie had made a mistake and his friends didn’t want to see him he accepted that because of the teacher’s statement.
I think this book adds something to our society. It’s about one who’s different, one who’s gay, one who’s made several mistakes and one who is abused. It’s mainly about all the taboos in the world which are spoken here.
I’ve loved to read the crazy and funny and way too long thoughts of Charlie. I’ve loved read the letters he wrote because they were so real. There hasn’t been a moment in which I thought it could be fiction. Chbosky has made quite an impression on me. He made me think about things I’ve never thought of before. Like how one finds himself the tranquillity. In the perks of being a wallflower Charlie, Sam and Patrick find it by standing up in the back of the pickup truck while listening to the song -Heroes-. It made me think of how I find my tranquillity.
The guardian writes:
“What makes this book so special and authentic is its reality. As an adult it takes you back to when you were a teenager, as a child it shows you what lies ahead and as a teenager it inspires you. And as we all know there is no other time when finding out who you are and where you belong to is more immediate than when you are a teenager.”
I support this opinion. Like I said, the book really inspired me to think about things I’ve never thought of before. I think Chbosky did an awesome job and I really recommend everybody to read The perks of being a wallflower.