Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower was first published in 1999, and it has become a phenomenon ever since. The story centers around Charlie, a “wallflower,” as he navigates the world of growing up. It touches on the issues that most teenagers confront. Notably, how true friends will endure with you through both good and bad times.
This book is intriguing because it tells its story through letters. We, the readers, get the impression that we’re reading a series of letters from Charlie rather than a novel. So I think it’ll be fun to respond to them as if they’re actual letters from him. I hope you enjoy reading my pick of these The Perks of Being a Wallflower quotes and my replies to them.
I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
Hey, that’s okay! I watched John and Hank Green’s old video the other day about human evolutions. I feel like we, human beings, are fortunate to have the most sophisticated minds on Earth eventually. It is possible to feel mixed emotions, to be happy about certain things while being upset about others. I’m glad that you don’t push your feelings aside but work through them instead.
Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.
That is true! I do believe we have some control of our future. Like driving the car on a roadway, there are numerous possible turns to take in life. The path we take now determines the possible turns we’ll take tomorrow. However, I think it’s important to be aware that we won’t always succeed because the road we’re driving is also packed with others.
Dear friend, I have finished To Kill a Mockingbird. It is now my favorite book of all time, but then again, I always think that until I read another book.
I finished To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time three years ago, and the book was also my obsession! Why do you love the book? I adore the pure and genuine narrations from the perspective of an 8-year-old Scott. But this is also the reason why I haven’t read the sequel and probably never will. Do you have a plan to read the sequel?
Also, yeah, I can relate. My favorite book of all time constantly changes too. The last one is Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Dude, you have to read it if you haven’t yet. I would describe the book as an impossible journey of a school teacher in the galaxy.
“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.” I just stood there, quiet. Bill patted my shoulder and gave me a new book to read. He told me everything was going to be okay.
Bill is a wise man for sure. You’re lucky to have him as your teacher. It’s rare to find teachers that actually care about their students nowadays. Now that we’re on this topic, maybe I should introduce myself more to you. I’m actually studying in the education field in college. There’s a chance that I’ll become a teacher, like Bill, in the future.
Why did I say “there’s a chance”? I have many doubts about the future; maybe you also know this feeling all too well. My problem is that I have many interests, and I don’t necessarily exceed in all of them. I need to choose my focus, and when I do, I will send another letter to you.
Let’s get back to what Bill was saying. I’m not a love expert, but I agree with him. I turned down a lot of love from my closest friends and family. First, because yes, I don’t feel like I deserve them. Second, it’s because I’m afraid to feel guilty about not loving them back. Oh, wow, I really said that.
I’m not a cold-hearted person, I can assure you, but the only true and genuine love I feel so far is only towards my sister. I’m hoping she loves me back. We would never say we love each other directly, though, because we’re like those average siblings who fight all the time, haha. I miss her, and I hope I can meet her soon.
How about you? I assume you just stood there because you also agree about what Bill said. I can’t give you advice about this (refer to above paragraph), so I only want to say that at least you know there’s someone who loves you. Perhaps, it’s okay to just acknowledge and remember their love for now. We can begin to accept their love once we’re ready. We sure sound like a bit of brat. How did they love us?
It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book.
Isn’t that the reason why we all read books? To know that we’re not alone. To know that there are people like us. I feel joy every time I see myself in a character of a book or any medium of entertainment. It’s a relief for me to know that someone experiences similar life the way I do.
I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist.
I understand what you mean. I have felt that way, too, when I’m at my lowest. Unfortunately, we can’t sleep for that long or altogether remove our existence. Stepping on this world was not our choice, and that’s really unfair. Yeah, the world has its beauty, so we should be grateful, but is it worth it?
I was forever questioning the purpose of why we exist, and I have never succeeded. Some people think the great purpose of life will be revealed to each of us in time, but I don’t believe in such a thing. All I know is we are here to live, and I hope we can make tomorrow better than today.
Photos: Logan Lerman as Charlie in the movie adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower