Study Guide

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Part 1, Chapter 9

By Stephen Chbosky

Part 1, Chapter 9

October 15, 1991

  • This letter opens with Charlie telling his reader about his masturbation routine. Um, TMI.
  • We also find out that Charlie's dad talked to his sister's boyfriend's parents. Man, all this no-naming makes things complicated.
  • Inquiring minds (well, just Charlie's, really) want to know: does the boy have "problems at home" like Michael allegedly did?
  • Dad's answer: "Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it's no excuse" (1.9.7). Tell that to the contestants on The Bachelor.

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