A Book to Be Banished
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Why should it be removed from the 10th grade curriculum?
A Brief Summary
The Perks of Being a Wallflower focuses on, Charlie, the protagonist of the novel. Charlie is starting his first year of high school and has some trouble finding his place in the world. He is shy, intelligent, conserved and somewhat mentally unstable. Throughout the year, Charlie finds himself in the middle of many horrifying conflicts. He tries drugs and alcohol for the first time. He has to deal with his sister’s abusive relationship with her boyfriend. He has ignorant parents and only a few friends. Toward the end of the story, he reveals that his aunt consistently abused him as a child. Ultimately, he has a mental breakdown and is admitted to a hospital for several months.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an inappropriate book for students.
- It demonstrates the use of drugs and alcohol.
- It uses explict language.
- It contains sexual situations.
- Child abuse and other forms of abuse are evident.
- Suicide and mental instability is present throughout most of the book.
- Rape and abortion are also included.