The Struggles Of High School In The Book, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky

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Elissa Hendrickson
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Charlie is fifteen and just entering high school. The book is written in letters to an anonymous person explaining his experiences in high school, his family life and his new friends. Charlie starts by talking about his friends in middle school had how one of them had committed suicide and the other stopped talking to Charlie. He then talks about his family which consists of his dad, his mom, his older brother and sister. Charlie also mention another relative, Aunt Helen. He only got to see her on holidays and she was by far his favorite relative. However, Aunt Helen was in a terrible car accident and passed away.
Later on we meet Charlie’s new found friends Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth and Bill. Charlie hangs out with Sam and Patrick at Big Boy a lot. Charlie met Patrick through shop class and met Sam at a football game. Bill on the other hand is his advanced English teacher. Bill gives Charlie different books to read frequently throughout the book. As we progress through the book we find out that Sam is a love interest for Charlie. Patrick also has a love interest. Patrick is secretly seeing the quarterback for their high school football team. Brad doesn’t want his dad to find out that he is homosexual and is seeing Patrick so they keep it a secret. Mary Elizabeth is in charge of the Rocky Horror Picture show that Patrick, Sam and others perform in. Mary Elizabeth and Sam are best friends and she starts to develop feelings for Charlie, so much so that she asks him to the Sadie Hawkins dance. Carlie and mary Elizabeth date even though Charlie still likes Sam. One night, a group of their friends were playing truth or dare and Patrick dares Charlie to kiss the prettiest girls in the room, to everyone surprise he leans over and kisses Sam. That ends Mary Elizabeth’s and Charlie's relationship.
Charlie had a history of depression and the break up set him off again. He especially had problems during Christmas time because that is when Aunt Helen passed away. She had gone out to get Charlies birthday present and had gotten into a car accident. Throughout the book Charlie learns a lot...

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