The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I recently finished this book called The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It was very different from any book I’ve read since each chapter was written as almost like a diary entry. Each chapter was letter to an anonymous “friend” from a person who dubbed himself as “Charlie.” The entire book is about Charlie’s freshman year and his troubles and experiences. I really liked the story as it was easy to connect with the characters, even if their situations were/are so unlike mine.

Something I found something strange is how the parents of these kids are so unaware of what their kids have gone through, are going through, have done, and are doing. I can’t imagine having the amount of freedom these characters do. I found their freedom appalling since my parents are breathing down my neck most of the time.

One important thing I learned from this book is how important it is to be mindful of yourself and others. It’s absolutely incredible how you don’t truly know what a person has gone through and is going through. Most of the time, you don’t know what that person has gone through and is going through unless they tell you or unless someone else tells you. That’s also why it’s important to be careful of making assumptions—since, as previously said, you don’t really know what a person has gone through and is going through.

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