The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows the self-discovery of Charlie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows the self-discovery of Charlie. The novel is written in a series of letters to an anonymous person. Through making new friendships, Charlie, particularly with Patrick and Sam discovers a new way of seeing the world and his role within it. At the same time, Charlie is plagued by the many discoveries of family secrets, such as his sister’s abusive boyfriend and his own molestation by his aunt, which threaten his psychological and physical wellbeing.
It encompasses the many variations of personal discoveries, both with a positive and negative effect. As Charlie writes the novel through many letters, his discoveries are told first hand so we get a really detailed understanding of the transformative effect these discoveries have on him. Charlie’s naivety (due to his social anxiety and awkwardness) creates in many ways an even stronger reaction to these discoveries, as he is unaware of any “lead up” or preparation from external forces. His naivety also causes many discoveries, as he is unaware of the impact of many of his actions or the way people feel towards him.