We are infinite
We are infinite ( original title The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is a coming-of-age novel that had enormous success first in the United States and then here in Italy. The text, written by the director and screenwriter Stephen Chboskyswas published for the first time in America in 1999. In 2012 the film adaptation of the novel contributed to the success of the book.
We are infinite: summary
We are infinite is an epistolary novel set in the 1990s that follows the life of Charliea fifteen-year-old teenager struggling with his first year of high school. The story is told from the protagonist’s point of view, through the letters he writes to an anonymous friend. The plot of the book develops through Charlie’s challenges and successes, offering a deep reflection on the adolescent experience and about finding meaning in life.
Charlie is a sensitive and introspective teenager who faces various problems during his growth journey. During his first year of high school he makes friends with two older boys Patrick e Sam, becoming part of their circle of friends. The two friends are unconventional kids who encourage and introduce Charlie to a world of music, books and parties. With them, Charlie experiences new emotions, new friendships and new ways of living life, also experimenting with tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
A deep bond forms in the trio, Patrick and Sam, in fact, help Charlie to face his personal problems and overcome the traumas of his past. The novel explores delicate themes such asfriendshipl’amorethe familythe personal growth and the discovery of one’s sexual identity. Furthermore, the book also deals with darker themes, such as the depression eh family traumawhile Charlie tries to understand the meaning of life e di find his way in the world.
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