1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower turns out to be as much about the fear of loss as about the joy of being accepted. Charlie’s in love with Sam, who’ll go away to college at the end of the year and, besides, is involved with another guy. And Charlie is so traumatized about his dead friend and his dead aunt — who’s seen in flashbacks and looms large in his psyche — that he can’t feel the bliss of togetherness without simultaneously seeing it all slip away. He longs, he says, to believe in something infinite.
- David Edelstein reviews The Perks of Being a Wallflower View in High-Res

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower turns out to be as much about the fear of loss as about the joy of being accepted. Charlie’s in love with Sam, who’ll go away to college at the end of the year and, besides, is involved with another guy. And Charlie is so traumatized about his dead friend and his dead aunt — who’s seen in flashbacks and looms large in his psyche — that he can’t feel the bliss of togetherness without simultaneously seeing it all slip away. He longs, he says, to believe in something infinite.

    - David Edelstein reviews The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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