Movie/Book Review: Perks of Being a Wallflower

By Faith Branson

Wallflower, noun- a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party.

Perks of Being a Wallflower was written as a novel by Stephen Chbosky; the movie came out in 2012 and still to this day is a movie I hold very dear to my heart, especially as a senior in High School.

Perks of Being a Wallflower is about Charlie Kelmeckis (Logan Lerman) who is a socially awkward freshman in high school. When he was in junior high Charlie lost his best friend (who happened to be his only friend) because he committed suicide. Charlie doesn’t really know how to cope, so he starts writing letters in which he tells about what is going on in his life and at school; he always titles them as Dear Friend.

Then something unexpected happens to Charlie: two seniors, a step-brother and sister, take him under their wing. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson)  happens to catches Charlie’s heart and Patrick (Ezra Miller)  gets Charlie to go after and become a writer, something at which Charlie is amazing. He also makes a connection with his freshman English teacher (Paul Rudd) who gets Charlie to become comfortable and confident with himself.

After graduation, Sam and Patrick go off to college which is when life comes crashing down on Charlie, and he gets into a state of mind with his depression that has been corrupting his everyday life.  He struggles with his thoughts of suicide in that moment. He goes to a mental hospital and learns how to cope; he eventually stops writing letters to “friend” because, “he’ll be too busy trying to participate.”

There are some quotes from this movie that I believe everyone should carry around with them, such as: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” “Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” “So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower has something everyone can relate to, I think. I own so much to this book for being with me throughout my high school career, and it will continue to mean the world to me as I continue on to college. One of the best moments is when Patrick gets a C minus on a test and they all scream for being below average, because it’s the little things in life: “Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here, and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite.”


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