Stephen Chbosky’s inspiration in writing this story came from one his own favorite books, The Catcher in the Rye. Most of us that have attended a public school in the U.S. must have read, or at least, has heard about J.D. Salinger’s most famous work of literature. The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows loyally to the coming-of-age storyline from the point of view of Charlie, an awkward but intelligent freshman in high school, trying hard to grow up and fit in. He meets two friends, Sam and Patrick, who help him find his place in high school. Charlie decides to write to an anonymous friend to detail the important events in his life. His writing is hilarious, sad, hopeful, and he impels us to think about why we choose the choices we make everyday. The book also deals with drugs, sex, homosexuality, dysfunctional families, and all the other challenges life throws at us along the way. Charlie teaches us that life is a struggle but it’s also worth living every minute.
Stephen Chbosky is also directing his book into a movie, starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller. The movie trailer just came out June 4th 2012 and here it is – enjoy! The song featured in the trailer is “In Time” by Imagine Dragons.
— Contributed by Karen Jang