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Book Banning - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

            On February 1st of 1999 American novelist, film director, and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky published his very first novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A book written about the coming of age socially awkward teen Charlie is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam and her stepbrother Patrick help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence. (Chbosky, Stephen. Perks of Being a Wallflower). Through out the book we bare witness to all of the difficult real life problems that he goes through. As he shares his past and present experiences with an Anonymous stranger through letter who he hopes will listen to him about the different situations that he experiences. Situations such as losing his best friend to suicide, over coming depression, dealing with drugs and being molested by his aunt Helen. Although The Perks of Being a Wallflower contains sexual graphics, introduces homosexuality, and the use of illegal drugs. This book should not be banned from high school reading curriculum because it teaches student what to expect in high school, explains the coming of age and the importance of family. Which students need to know because these small lessons and topics help us get through everyday life. Also, it helps us understand why things in life happen to us. "Banning books give us SILENCE when we need a speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight." - Stephen Chbosky Author of the Perks of Being a Wallflower.
             In America, we live our lives according to the main ten amendments, for most American's they live mainly by the 1st amendment. The 1st amendment is an amendment to the U.

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