The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is about a boy named Charlie and the experiences he went through in high school. Charlie is the type of person who would normally stand by and watch people participate, but once he got to high school he learned how to participate. He entered the world of dating, family drama, new friends, sex, drugs, and attending the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Memories were made and lessons were learned. Charlie was learning how to grow up.

The Author

The author is Stephen Chbosky and he was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s film writing program in 1992. He is a screenwriter,television writer,and stage writer. He is well-known for his most popular book "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". His book gives glimpses into what his childhood was like in Pittsburgh and the experiences that the city offers. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, he is an active gay rights supporter, and continues to work on films.

Main Characters

Charlie: He is the main character of the novel and is very wise, but shy. He is not very out going, but he always thinks of other people's feelings and is very kind. He is a freshman in high school and known as a wallflower because he spends a lot of time analyzing.

Sam: Charlie becomes really good friends with her and her step brother. She is a senior in high school and has been through a lot in her past. Charlie is very attracted to Sam from the moment they meet, but he tries not to think of her in that way because she is too old for him because she is a senior.

Patrick: Charlie becomes good friends with him at a football game when he sits with Patrick and Sam. Patrick ends up being one of Charlie's best friends. He is a senior in high school and is secretly dating a guy. He really enjoys football and is very happy-go-lucky.

"I swear we were infinte."

“After the dance, we left in Sam’s pickup. Patrick was driving this time. As we were approaching the Fort Pitt Tunnel, Sam asked Patrick to pull to the side of the road. I didn’t know what was going on. Sam then climbed in the back of the pickup, wearing nothing but her dance dress. She told Patrick to drive, and he got this smile on his face. I guess they had done this before.

Anyway, Patrick started driving really fast, and just before we got to the tunnel, Sam stood up. And the wind turned her dress into ocean waves. When we hit the tunnel, all the sound got scooped up into a vacuum, and it was replaced by a song on the tape player. A beautiful song called “Landslide.” When we got out of the tunnel, Sam screamed this really fun scream, and there it was. Downtown. Lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder. Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing.
And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” (38-9).

This is important part in the book because this was the first time Charlie actually felt like he was participating in something instead of observing from the outside. Also, he is actually enjoying his time in high school and finding his purpose.

Who would like this??

Teenagers or high school students would enjoy this book the most because they would relate to the novel the most. The book goes over all the obstacles a stereotypical high school student goes through, so it can relate to most teenagers. This book also shows ways to get over these obstacles and teaches you lessons through the character's mistakes.

I personally really enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I thought it was an easy read and it never dragged on. I also related to a lot of the book because I am currently around Charlie's age.


The main conflict that drives this book is that Charlie has a hard time opening up and doing things for himself. He always lets other people push him around and does not stand up for himself. He is also very shy and so he always ends up doing what other people tell him to do instead if what he wants to do.

Now a Major Motion Picture:

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Trailer

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