by Britney Holian

The film, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is based on Stephen Chbosky’s best-selling young-adult novel. The movie stars Logan Lerman (Starting Over), Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin), and Emma Watson (Harry Potter).

The storyline is based around Lerman’s character, Charlie, who is coping with the death of his best friend, in which he writes letters to, and trying to ease his fears and anxiety of starting high school alone. At school, he doesn’t fit in with the other students. He befriends his English teacher, Bill, on the first day. He begins the new school year without confidence. He slowly overcomes his chronic shyness and approaches fellow classmates, Patrick and Sam, soon becoming close friends.

Charlie’s home life is dysfunctional. Although his parents seem distant, he can fall back on his family whenever he needs to for support. As the story unfolds, the viewers see he has a troubled mind. There is a dark secret in which haunts him often, in the end causing him to have a breakdown.

Throughout the film, it has some very dramatic scenes. But, this movie is unforgettable. It is a moving story about love, loss, fear, and hope. It also highlights the importance of friendship. TPOBAW is relatable to young adults of this generation for its refreshing plot.