The Perks of Being a Wallflower
What are the perks of being a wallflower? Shmoop amongst yourselves.
|American Literature||All American Literature|
|Author||Chbosky - Stephen Chbosky|
|Humanities, Art, and Music||Bestsellers|
|Themes||Coming of Age|
Drugs and Alcohol
Literature and Writing
…the “Guy With No Last Name”…
…spends more time in his head than he does in the real world.
He’s a wannabe writer who doesn’t write…
…And he’d rather spin records… or tapes… than hit the dance floor.
He also has romantic problems. He’d rather suffer through a boring relationship than
…and when his crush breaks up with her boyfriend, he takes action by… doing nothing.
Charlie seems content to live life as a passenger…
… instead of taking the wheel himself.
While this is one way of surviving high school, is it necessarily the best way?
What are the perks of being a wallflower? Well, since shy people aren’t exactly known
for their game…
…their close friends are there because of the real person beneath all the issues…
…not the candy coated outside.
Charlie’s a great listener, and his zipped lips are really good at keeping secrets. What’s
not to love?
Charlie doesn’t have a ton of friends, but he’s definitely doing something right, since
Patrick and Sam are willing to stick with him through the hard times.
That’s much better than a random hookup. Also, wallflowers get all the good dirt.
Charlie absorbs all of the human interaction around him, good or bad. He seems to see or
hear anything, from secret gay relationships to who’s pregnant.
Attention to detail is a handy tool for a writer…
…and Charlie’s keen eye for the human experience will definitely help him out--if
he ever gets around to writing anything. Or maybe there are no perks. Charlie isn’t
exactly a happy dude, and sometimes he loses it in a pretty big way.
His observations make him a more sensitive person, but they also cause him to shut down
Charlie protects Patrick and Sam, but he doesn’t take very good care of himself. It’s obvious
that he’s got some secrets which need to be told.
By the end of the book, our wallflower is ready for some fresh air.
So what are the perks of being a wallflower?
The ability to form close, genuine relationships? …
…Those uncanny observational skills?
Or is being a wallflower… not all it’s cracked up to be?
Shmoop amongst yourselves.