Essay on Perks of Being a Wallflower

Submitted By maddie9340
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“....And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” (Chbosky) The thoughts of a teenager are odd things, and even more odd are the thoughts of fifteen year old Charlie, the best friend of a boy who committed suicide. Charlie has been through a lot in his life, and during the book he goes through even more.

He has grown up relatively normally up until the day his Aunt Helen died, that is when his life changed. He distanced himself and constantly put himself in the hospital. When the book begins, Charlie is about to start his freshman year in high school. Charlie’s writing letters to someone he does not know, and these are what make up the entire book. Within the first few chapters you learn that he does not enjoy being in high school, though he makes two new friends, Sam and Patrick.

"Do you always think this much, Charlie?" (Chbosky) Charlie has an oddly unique view on many aspects of life, some of which being sex and music. He does not seem to understand many things in the normal way, but his thoughts on these things are very thorough. He occasionally looks around himself at the world he is living in and wonders things that nobody else ever thinks of.

On an opposite note, he also understands some things, such as emotions, in an abnormal way.

Occasionally, he learns something new and does not quite understand that some things are kept quiet on purpose, such as in the following quote, “...And I opened the door to the basement, and my sister and this boy were naked... And she screamed at me in a whisper “Get out. You pervert.” So I left.” (Chbosky)

The highly banned book Perks of Being A Wallflower was number three on the top one hundred banned books in America in 2009, because the book is allegedly anti-family, talks about drugs, suicide and homosexuality, has offensive language, is sexually explicit and unsuited to certain age groups (Banned Books Week).

Indefinitely, Is this grounds for boycotting such a well written book? Many concerned parents believe so, but I believe that a simply slight rearranging should be undergone. This “rearranging” would include the book being taken off of the shelves of elementary schools and being only given to middle school students on the grounds of being asked for the book. This would not be a forced choice, but would instead be highly recommended.

The book may be all of the horrible things aforementioned, but it is also truthful. Stephen Chbosky did not hold back while writing