On Perks of Being a Wallflower Novel: Representation of Today’s Youth

Charlie’s character maybe dynamic. But he reflects true to life stories of teenagers undergoing on the adolescence stage with psychological problems of sort.

After finishing the short novel of Perks of being a Wallflower with the narration of Charlie’s tale on a diary form, I was bit bewildered and amazed: amazed for surviving middle school with emotional heaps from a guy like him; bewildered for the reason of not getting the exact point of author’s view on his writings.


Looking on the brighter side, there was a sense of reminiscing middle school. As a platonic obsessive compulsive person I am, earning friends was not a problem to me. The real dilemma transpires from filtering the real ones from the fakers-or those who befriend you because they smell your competencies as an asset on which they can benefit from. And sorting good friends was a dutiful task especially when surrounded with bad influential pretentious pals along the road. It’s a good sign Charlie was able to meet Sam and Patrick. Though at some point, I get a knock they brought danger to Charlie for the pot session and getting started with cigarette.

Any teenager experienced peer pressure. Charlie was not an exception. He recounts his dealing method on situations like hardcore partying, teenage romance, studies, fitting in the society, family issues and problem solving of his own. His youth phase embraces the precise time of decision making that may inflict or complicate his life. Yet, as the subversion surfaces, so does his hidden personality disorder and previous childhood memories which has great impact on his present relationship with everyone.

Contrary to what others may think, the fresh imaginings of the book portrays reality teenage happenings. The setting is for youngster, yes,but Perks of being a Wallflower is timely. Readers will remember the time when they were at this age, or currently at this stageand would ask themselves if they have joined such prank and wild activities depicted on the story.

As the latter part arises, I got confused from the simultaneous changes of Charlie writing on his journal. There were evidences of lacking sense on his recent involvement from a group fight, the death of his favorite Aunt and important events from his school. I was anticipating much deeper exhilarating kink as I go near the end. I didn’t recognize unless I’ve read the part of Charlie driving down the tunnel with his friends almost saying adieu.

Charlie blends like a chameleon and becoming equal with this animal is like putting a flower on the wall-everyone sees you transparently. You are there but you don’t exist. He lives through passing by events as if he wasn’t present and joining bunch of seniors without knowing what he will do and not. Some may think he’s a freak; others have judged him weird and coward for not stepping out of his shell to protect himself. But one thing is for certain of his identity, self-improvement despite of difficulties faced by his upbringing. He may be physically frail, but the border once bounded with fears were destroyed to show how emotionally resilient he truly is.

The lesson we can learn on the book shaping youth’s today era is facing reality instead of fleeing the whole story without managing to put up a battle. We utilize our time trying to gain confidence from doing “cool stuff” when in fact, it makes us dumber than before. We suit in to catch up what we’re missing: only to discover we’re not exclusively entitled to try because our age says we’re too young to waste our time thinking how to do this and that. It takes a ripe mango to be eaten and a matured Charlie to grow. Youth must understand drugs, sex, booze and popularity were just a fling of middle school; but it should never be completely part of your life nor could be the definition of who you are.



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