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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 4, Chapter 1 Summary

How It All Goes Down

April 29, 1992

  • Wow, Charlie's feeling pretty fatalistic at the beginning of this letter: "It can't be like it was. And I wasn't ready to say good-bye just yet" (4.1.2).
  • He's acting like he expected to lose everything from the beginning.
  • For the last week or so, he's been doing a lot of people watching—at school, at the mall. Sometimes he follows people around to see how they act. His behavior toes that fine line between really interesting in a psychological way and really creepy in a weirdo stalker way.
  • The only human interaction he attempts to make is with Susan, the girl who used to go out with Michael before he died.
  • Without any warning, Charlie walks up to her and says, "Do you ever miss him?" (4.1.18).
  • It's not a surprise—or very nice—when Susan's friends call Charlie a freak. 
  • But even Charlie agrees with them at this point.

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