The Perks of Being A Wallflower: Movie and Book Review

By Lauren Holmes

The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a recent box office hit. What some people may not know is before it was a movie, it was a book. Published in 1999, written by Stephen Chbosky.

In the movie, the main character, Charlie, was played by actor Logan Lerman. Sam is played by Emma Watson(who is British in real life but has an Americanized accent in the movie), and Patrick, Sam’s brother, is played by Ezra Miller.

In the book and movie, it goes over many teenage hardships that a lot of people have to go through in life. It shows how the characters deal with their problems, and their attitudes about them. The book is written in letter form, because Charlie is writing to a mysterious/never mentioned “friend”. He starts off every letter with “Dear friend,” and closes every letter with “Love Always, Charlie.” It leaves the readers wondering, “Who is the person he’s writing to?” (Warning:  Spoiler Alert) Well, it’s all of us. The readers!

Another question a lot of readers get answered later on is “What are the perks of being a wallflower? And what is a wallflower?” Well, a wallflower is sort of an excluded person, very shy, hovers by the wall at a party. The perks of being one are many, as Charlie explains. You get to do things others don’t. You get to be different. Unique. Special.

Another popular phrase in the book and movie is “And at that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Infinite in a way no one could touch them, or harm them, or do anything at that moment to ruin what was going on. Everyone should feel infinite at least once in their life. Charlie explains it’s a feeling of true happiness and joy.

This movie is Rated PG-13. 

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