The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Staying off Facebook did help. It is a small book, and I finished it in two days. Perks, huh? Well, I dug deep. I didn’t find any. May be when you’re a teen. May be if you have a Sam in your life. May be if you can afford a Psychiatrist and still won’t be frowned upon by family or friends. The book was never an impressive choice. I am way too old for this. I was a Charlie once. I shouldn’t be any more.

Some of the sentences that made me cry, smile and out of breath —


“As much as I feel sad, i think that not knowing is what really bother me.”

“It is now my favourite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.”

“Then my mom told my brother to not use such language in front of me, which was strange considering I am probably the only one in the family with a friend who is gay.”

“As I was walking up the stairs to my dad’s room, and I was looking at the old photographs, I started thinking that there was a time when these weren’t memories. That someone actually took that photograph, and the people in the photograph had just eaten lunch or something.”

“I read the book again that night because I knew that if I didn’t, I would probably start crying again.”

“I’m going to write it down because maybe if I do I won’t have to think about it. And I won’t get upset.”

“He even had a pamphlet in his desk that he gave me. I now use it as a bookmark.”

“I like girls. I really do. Because they can think you look good in a bathing suit even when you don’t.”

“… people who try to control situations all the time are afraid that if they don’t, nothing will work out the way they want.”

“It’s too bad you are not gay.”

“I don’t know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend was like. It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”

“… things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

“Sometimes, I think Bill forgets that I am sixteen. But I am very happy that he does.”

” ‘I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.'”

“It was a great day to sit alone at a party and still feel a part of things.”

“Love always, Charlie.”


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