The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The book is about a teenage boy named Charlie who is entering into his freshman year of high school and trying to cope with death, life, friends, and sexuality. As I enter into my adolescence, I can really begin understand and sympathize throughout the pages of this book. Basically, it made me feel infinite. This book allows the reader to experience every emotion. There is this one quote, that I particularly love...
“And he finally found this really amazing song and we all got quiet. Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something,
‘I feel infinite.’
And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I had said the greatest thing they had ever heard because the song was great and we really payed attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way. I have since bought the record, and I would tell you what it was, but truthfully it’s not the same unless you’re driving to your first real party and you’re sitting in the middle of a pickup, with two nice people, when it starts to rain.”
I identified best with Charlie during this part of the book because, I want to be as at peace with the world as Charlie is in this quote. To me, being infinite is like the time when I was by the ocean looking out into the open water thinking, why would anyone rather be anywhere else than this? Because I never wanted anything to move forward, I just wanted things to stay where they were forever. It’s like having a feeling that everything is right where it’s supposed to be.
Chobosky does a remarkable job at describing all of these issues through the eyes of a shy, introverted teenager. You can tell that he understands, and is still, at heart, a teenager himself.