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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 3, Chapter 12 Summary

How It All Goes Down

April 26, 1992

  • None of Charlie's friends are really talking to him after the mess he made during the truth-or-dare game.
  • When Charlie goes to visit his aunt Helen's grave to clear his mind, it doesn't help.
  • He worries that he's brought everything on himself, because his psychiatrist says he's passive aggressive.
  • Near the end of the letter, Charlie has a wish: "I just wish that God or my parents or Sam or my sister or someone would just tell me what's wrong with me. Just tell me how to be different in a way that makes sense. To make this all go away. And disappear" (3.12.14). 
  • He concludes the letter by telling us he bought some pot from Bob and has been smoking it almost non-stop since. That's called a not-so-genius coping strategy.

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