In the month of February, I read the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, written by Stephen Chbosky. I found this book  very unique because the story is told by a high school boy, Charlie, writing a letter to a person whom he doesn't know well. And not only did I find the format of this book unique, but also Charlie's personalities. Some of his friends refer to Charlie as a wallflower because he "
hears things, understands them and keeps quiet about them." I thought that this nickname implies his qualities well and didn't believe that it had any bad meaning associated with it. But when I looked it up on Wikipedia, it says, 

"In social situations, a wallflower is a silly or unpopular individual who doesn't socialize or participate in activities at social events. He or she may have other talents but usually does not express them in the presence of other individuals. The term comes from the image of a person isolating themselves from areas of social activities at ballroom dances and parties, where the people who did not wish to dance (or had nopartner) remained close to the walls of the dance hall."

And if I had just read the definition on Wikipedia and someone was described as a wallflower, then I would assume that a person is antisocial and doesn't enjoy interacting with people much. But Charlie is nothing like the typical definition of a wallflower. Although not popular, he tries hard to be involved in a social life, and has some very close friends, Patrick and Sam. Charlie is understanding, caring, and do whatever he can do to meet the qualities of a good friend. And this is illustrated on the same webpage as the definition of wallflower is stated on Wikipedia. It states, "Charlie is also empathetic and sensitive, which is considered an extension of the definition of a wallflower," and supports the idea that Charlie is far more special and different from those who are considered the typical wallflowers. And if you get a chance to read this book, and you are aware of this characteristic about Charlie, then it will help you understand why he was motivated to act a certain way, and maybe you might be able to figure out why he came about to becoming a wallflower.  

Feel free to comment on your views on a wallflower!

Wallflower

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Tags: Charlie, Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, letter

Comment by Anuhya Abbaraju on March 4, 2013 at 8:38pm

Jeemin, I actually saw the movie for this book. I don't know if it is exactly the same. Did you see the movie and was it just like the book? If you did which one is better? I never knew that there was an actual definition for a wallflower. especially one that specific. Great blog post!

Comment by Melanie D'Andrea on March 4, 2013 at 8:50pm

I've read this book, and seen the movie, and I have to agree, Charlie is not the typical wallflower. While he is quiet and observant, which is what a wallflower is typically described as, he is also caring, and wants to be social and interact with others. I thought the movie was pretty good, but I didn't picture any of the characters as they were shown! Great job!

Comment by Dominique Pasek on March 5, 2013 at 2:24pm

I read the book and saw the movie, and they're tied. Both are magnificent and just beautiful. I always thought being someone like Charlie is admirable. The author's definition fits him best (how he sees things, he understands). I never really looked into the definition. But thanks for opening my eyes to that.

Comment by Jamie K. on March 5, 2013 at 9:33pm

I really need to read this book. I feel like how Charlie is described makes him the perfect friend to go and talk to. He will be a good friend who listens. From your blog defintion of a wallflower I think Charlie is a really nice person and tries his best to deal with regular high school life. Nice blog! I like the cartoon.

Comment by Rita Weidner on March 6, 2013 at 10:42am

I saw the movie for this book and I loved it. Based on what you said it also seems like the book is pretty similar to the movie so The Perks of Being a Wallflower is definitely a book that I will be reading in the near future. I also have to agree with a previous blog post that Charlie seems like he would be a great friend. Since he has those wallflower qualities, he I a great person to listen to your problems and give you advice based on what he observed. 

Comment by Katherine K on March 6, 2013 at 10:44am

I was considering reading this book and now I think I  might have to. It seems really interesting  especially since "wallflower" individual usually aren't the center of attention. You mentioned that the book is written like a letter. Do we ever get a glimpse into what  Charlie is thinking and what he wants? By the way, I love  your cartoon.

Comment by Emma Hanson on March 6, 2013 at 11:05am

I saw the movie trailer for this and now I want to read the book! After I read the book I'll have to see the movie as well but I am definitely interested in reading this!

Comment by Emily B. on March 6, 2013 at 11:28am

I went into reading this book not knowing what to expect at all.  I saw the movie trailer and thought the book sounded like it would be good, and it definitely was!  It wasn't necessarily what I expected it to be with the formatting and all, but it was well written for who I think Charlie is.  Great blog post!

Comment by Patty M on March 6, 2013 at 11:32am

I saw this movie and loved it. It was so different from other movies I've seen. I heard that the book is just as good so I hope I get the chance to read it soon! 

Comment by Min C. on March 6, 2013 at 12:42pm

This is one of my favorite movies/book. All of the characters are super lovable like Charlie and Patrick! I really wanted to hug Charlie. But I agree that Charlie isn't really the typical wallflower, I mean he's awkward but it's endearing rather than a turn off. The cartoon is really funny G-Min~

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