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their changing moods and their love affairs. Charlie is the Wallflower
on 2 December 2015
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of being a Wallflower
This is a young person’s book, not one to agonise over, but rather to throw away or leave on the bus. It’s a simply written confession of an outsider learning to adjust to school, friends, family and the beast in the trousers. It is written in the form of a series of letters to an unnamed friend, each letter signed ‘Love always, Charlie.’ Charlie, the narrator, is one must say ‘a reliable narrator,’ telling the most mundane details of his encounters, his struggles to understand himself, his family and his party-loving pals, their compulsive habits, their changing moods and their love affairs. Charlie is the Wallflower, the non-participant, the outcast from life’s ephemeral feast of pleasures, although he is learning fast, already a keen pot smoker and drinker, a high school sophomore almost ready for sex.