Study Guide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Characters

By Stephen Chbosky

Charlie

Our little wallflower Charlie spends a lot of time analyzing, well, everything. He's always in...

Sam

Charlie is attracted to Sam from the moment he meets her. And he's not hesitant to wax poetic...

Patrick

Patrick is one of Charlie's best friends. Well, he's one of Charlie's only friends. We only get...

Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth is quite a pill, if you ask us. With a tattoo and belly button ring, she's a...

Bill

Bill is Charlie's super-cool ninth-grade English teacher. Can you say literary crush? Early on,...

Aunt Helen

Charlie's aunt Helen was his "favorite person in the whole world" (1.1.26). In fact, she is his...

Charlie's Family

On the surface, Charlie's family meets the textbook standard criteria for normal: mother, father,...

Bob

We don't know too much about Patrick's pot-dealing friend, except that he throws a lot of parties...

Michael Dobson

As the novel opens, Charlie is still reeling from his best (and probably only) friend Michael's...

Brad

Brad is the hunky quarterback who's been conducting illicit sexual escapes with Patrick on the...

Craig

Craig is Sam's "cut and hunky" (2.2.11) boyfriend. He's in college, an artist, a male model (for...

Susan

We have to begin by stating the obvious: Susan is a teenage girl whose boyfriend committed...