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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie Timeline & Summary
Coping with his best friend's suicide, Charlie starts high school. After a few weeks of school, he makes friends with Patrick and Sam at the school football game. This is a big deal for our little wallflower. At the end of October, Charlie has a couple of firsts. He goes to his first party and (unintentionally) eats his first pot brownie. One of the girls from the party, Mary Elizabeth, enlists Charlie to help with her Rocky Horror fanzine, Punk Rocky. Charlie starts attending the fan-participation nights of Rocky Horror. Around New Year's Eve, Charlie does LSD for the first time. It takes him almost two weeks to get over the effects. Don't worry, he realizes it was a bad idea. At the Sadie Hawkins dance, Charlie discovers that his sister is pregnant. He takes her to a clinic a few days later to have an abortion. Charlie and Mary Elizabeth's relationship is rocky almost from the get-go. The whole thing crumbles when Charlie kisses Sam instead of Mary Elizabeth during a game of truth or dare. Oops. Charlie's friends get angry with him, and he retreats into a haze of marijuana smoke. As Charlie's friends, who are older, start making prom and graduation plans, Charlie is pretty lonely. Before Sam leaves for Penn State's summer program, she has a heart-to-heart chat with Charlie. They start putting other body parts together, too, but when she touches Charlie, some long-repressed memories bubble to the surface. Charlie suddenly remembers that he was molested by his Aunt Helen. He spirals into a deep depression and has to be hospitalized. Writing his last letter from the hospital, Charlie tells his reader that he is optimistic about the future. And he says his reader (us, perhaps?) should be, too.