Perks Of Being A Wallflower Reflection

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The first time I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower I was in eleventh grade. Up to that point I had not identified with anything I was reading. As a child, I suffered from a speech impediment that put the fear of God in me. I was afraid to speak up and let my voice be heard. I didn’t want to learn how to read and risk mispronouncing a word I should have known. This fear followed me all the way through high school and to be perfectly honest, I still hate speaking in front of the class. I would do what I had to and force myself to read the assignments given to me in English class. I remember feeling different like there was something wrong with me for not wanting to read. I felt imprudent for not excelling in reading and writing, watching my friends surpass me was devastating. That all changed however when I got assigned a book that ended up changing my life. Sitting there in Mr. Banks English II class I awaited my first reading assignment and to no avail, I was completely dreading the entire assignment. Mr. Banks cleared his voice, then directed our attention to the front, “We will be reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky this semester. Regardless of whether you have seen the movie, it is definitely worth the read.” When Mr. Banks mentioned the movie, a light bulb went off in my head, suddenly I was bombarded with glimpses of what I had remembered watching. Although it was Mr. Banks’ assignment he wasn’t the one who inspired me, it was the book. I would

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