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Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Friendship

The Beatles sang "I get by with a little help from my friends."Although this (somehow) isn't one of the many songs Charlie mentions in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, it sure does apply to his lif...

Drugs and Alcohol

You won't find the wallflower (Latin name: teenagerus nonparticipatus) in an issue of Better Homes & Gardens. On account of it not being a real flower and all. But if it were, it would probably...

Sex

We're not amoebas. Without sex, none of us would be here. Unfortunately, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie seems to only see and experience only the most negative aspects of human sexuali...

Coming of Age

When we look in our Peterson Field Guide to Wildflowers, we see that the wallflower is classified as a late bloomer. But given plenty of water, sun, and socialization with other creatures (especial...

Passivity

There's a fine line between shyness and passivity, and in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie skips back and forth across it like a jump rope. Sure, Charlie has rare moments of assertiveness,...

Love

Hugs, not drugs! Maybe that's one of the reasons Charlie has no reservations about experimenting with any drug that crosses his path: not enough hugs.There are lots of different types of love on di...

Family

Everybody's family is different, and never is that more apparent than in young-adult fiction. Usually one or both parents are dead, older siblings have run away, or the protagonist has to play pare...

Sadness

If Charlie were sending text messages instead of writing letters, they would probably consist of a lot of frowny-face emoticons. That is, if he could even bring himself to text. In The Perks of Bei...

Literature and Writing

As you can imagine, we have a soft spot for this one. In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie reads a dozen books over the course of the year, and those are just the ones he tells us about. Plu...
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