Charlie is an awkward teen who copes with the death of his best friend by writing letters to an unknown recipient. Through these letters, the reader sees Charlie make friends, spend time with more people, and begin to come out of his shell. He also forms a close bond with his english teacher, who acts as his mentor. However, Charlie suffers from multiple breakdowns throughout the story that signify his repressed feelings and a traumatic event. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has many heavy themes of friendship, sorrow, and love. This is a recommended book for teens to read.