Essay about The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Each and every day, teens succumb to the pressures of drugs and alcohol. Whether kids realize it or not, their lifestyle and daily activities have a major impact on the choices they make. Given that over 50 percent of high school seniors have abused some type of drug , it is clear that they are becoming a major issue (Substance Abuse Concerns par. 16). Drug and alcohol abuse is also actively present in the novel, The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, when Charlie and his newly found group of friends struggle with their identities. When Charlie is befriended by a group of seniors during his freshman year of high school, they introduce him to a new world of love, drugs, and friendship. When things do not go their way, they turn to substance abuse hoping that it will ease the pain. Charlie’s friends make him realize that life is better when you are living it, and not being a wallflower. Charlie Kelmeckis is an innocent and very secluded freshman. When Charlie enters high school, he finds it hard to establish a solid group of friends. It takes him by surprise when he meets two seniors at a football game who decide to take him under their wings. “I was sitting on the floor of a basement of my first real party between Sam and Patrick, and I remembered that Sam introduced me as her friend to Bob. And I remembered that Patrick had done the same for Brad. And I started to cry” (Chbosky 38). This quote explains how lucky Charlie feels to fit in with different people.…

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