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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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Sep 19, 11

bookshelves: 10th-grade
Read in July, 2011

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - retold through events(but not in order):
Charlie is a socially awkward boy who's friend, Michael died before the story begins. He is writing to an anonymous friend which the reader never meets about what happens in his life. He starts out bu making friends with two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and with them gets into drugs, parties, and alcohol. Throughout the story, Charlie learns what being a friend versus being a doormat is. At one point, he lets Patrick kiss him because Patrick was confused and had no idea what to do. While Charlie thought he was being a good friend, he was really just making matters worse. He also, when asked in a game of truth or dare, kissed who he thought was the prettiest girl in the room - Sam. This wouldn't have been a problem if his girlfriend hadn't been in the room at the same time. He was, in a way, disconnected from the world, like a bystander, or a witness to life. Being with Sam and Patrick helps him connect with life, so after Sam moves away to college, because of them he can get on with life, and live like a normal teen - well, as well as he could.
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