Over view of the plot:
My novel was “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” this book is about a young boy named Charlie who writes unique and funny letters in first person directed to the reader. He doesn’t tell us his real name nor the names of those who are around him, but rather uses generic names and never last names. This books takes place in the school year 1991/92. At the beginning of the book Charlie(the protagonist) is essentially a ‘wallflower’ but as the book continues he becomes more familiar with high-school and makes friends who introduce him to what its really like to be a teenager. Charlie is introduced to parties, sex, drugs, alcohol, smoking, love, and the true meaning of friendship. He goes through some hard times around Christmas because of his childhood. Throughout the book Charlie is faced with many challenges one being helping his older sister when she gets herself into an abusive relationship and in a tight spot. This book is about learning from your mistakes and losing your childhood innocence. As the book goes on it is filled with talk of the future, flash backs of the past and things that happen through the year. The biggest challenge of Charlie’s childhood was the death of a close friend and also the death of a close relative. This book is the ride of growing up, and Charlie takes in everything that is going on in his world and relays to the reader perfectly.
What type of person would like your novel?
The type of person who would like this novel are people who like to read non-fiction novels that relate to being a teenager. So a parent of a teenager or a teenager themself would be the most interested in this book. The adult because then they can realize that a lot of teenagers go threw fazes, and everybody is different. They can learn that their son or daughter may not be perfect all the time and that everyone makes mistakes. A teenager would like this book because Charlie seems like he has multiple personalities and is never just a kid into drugs or just a boy who loves school. He’s literally all over the place, which makes him easy to relate to many different types of other teenagers.
When was it published? Author?
The author of this novel is Stephen Chbosky and it was published in February of 1999 by MTV networks.
What other books has this author written?
Stephen Chbosky has written unproduced screen plays, a book called pieces, a semi-biography and wrote the screen play, was the co-creator and was the executive producer for a movie called Rent.
To me, the biggest strength of this novel is that it’s really easy to relate to, and that Charlie seems like a typical teenager with a bit of a twist. Another thing I really love is that it’s not like any other book I’ve ever read. Not only is this book set up in letters which is unusual, so it doesn’t have chapters; but it also has so much going on but not too much going on as to confuse the reader that keeps it both interesting and fairly easy to read and understand.
One weakness of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is that some of Charlie’s language is very advanced. Sometimes the book can be hard to understand because you are reading and you stumble upon a word you’ve never even heard of before. Another example of a weakness is that you never who Charlie’s “friend” is, which is quite disappointing because you read dozen’s of letters all addressed to as “dear friend,” and you never get to discover who that “friend” really is. Another weakness I found was the fact that the location in which Charlie lives, is never enclosed.
The main theme is this novel is loss of innocence. At first Charlie is completely in hate with school, he loves his classes but he isn’t very social like his older siblings. At this point Charlie isn’t really sure how to socialize and expand on his friends. He’s only really ever had one friend; Michael. It isn’t until he meets Sam and Patrick that he first discovers what it’s like to live your life, and this is when he first starts to lose his innocence and learn from his mistakes.
Protagonist? Is he or she interesting?
The protagonist in this novel is a boy names Charlie. Charlie is honestly the most interesting character I’ve ever read about. His character has so much personality its insane. He’s unlike any other person even in a fictional book. Charlie is the type of person who would rather “watch from the sidelines” then participate in what life really is. He does not dance at dances, he does not go on dates, he never use to even go to see “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” until Sam and Patrick came along. He’s a very interesting and focused character. Charlie some what tries to fit in, by doing the same things Sam and Patrick do. They are after all his best-friends and two of the three he’s ever had. He doesn’t want to lose them and be left alone with just his thoughts again.
This novel’s location is actually kept anonymous just like all the Characters in it and who Charlie’s “friend” actually is.