(an epistolary review of an epistolary book)
That was a very sad thing for him and he cries a lot now. Charlie is very sensitive but he also has this glorious, cheerful love of people and really wants people to be happy. He makes friends with Sam and Patrick, who are both seniors. They are not dating, but are step-brother and step-sister. Actually, Charlie learns that Patrick is gay and is having a secret relationship with a popular football player. Even though the things in this story happened twenty years ago and we all would like to believe that we are a more tolerant society these days just because gay people can get married in some states and that charming boy on GLEE plays an openly gay high school student I think that there must still be a lot of boys like Brad and Patrick who are scared to let people know they are gay in high school. That's why I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower is still an important book.
July 30, 2011
I really like Charlie even though he lives in his head a lot. I guess that's what it means by being a wallflower. Charlie's friends Sam and Patrick introduce him to a lot of things because they are older and can drive. They both go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Patrick plays Frank N Furter and Sam plays Janet, if you know what that means. They also introduce Charlie to alcohol and drugs and some parents might not like their kids to read about that but these kids all have some difficult things they are dealing with and checking out with those things probably makes it easier.. Charlie is in love with Sam and he tells her that but she tells him not to think of her that way and they are friends. Charlie gives really thoughtful, excellent presents to his friends, like giving Mary Elizabeth $40 to print her 'zine, Punk Rocky, in color. Mary Elizabeth and Charlie start dating but she is older and likes exposing Charlie to things like Billie Holiday and e.e. cummings then talking about it more than she really likes being with Charlie and talking to him. Because he is a wallflower Charlie doesn't know how to tell her how much he really dislikes this and things go pretty badly when his true feelings finally are known.
I think that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a good book to read if you feel alone or different or weird, which I think pretty much all teenagers feel at sometime or another. I think that it is even better to read if you are not a teenager because then you can be reminded of those times when you are reading it but also realize that things do get better when you get older. Small things seem like such a big deal to Charlie and his friends, but that really is how it is for most teenagers. They tend to live in pretty small worlds that are mostly circumscribed.
August 1, 2011
I think I've pretty much told you everything about The Perks of Being a Wallflower that I can. But I would like to show you some of Charlie's writing, or I guess really it's the writing of Stephen Chbosky who is the author, so I will put some quotes in here that I liked.
One thing Charlie thinks while he is looking at pictures of his parents when they were young is that "people in the photographs always seem a lot happier than you are. . . I just hope that I remember to tell my kids that they are as happy as I look in my old photographs. And I hope they believe me."