The Perks of Being a Wallflower exceeds expectations

Goodbye Hermione Granger. Emma Watson has lost her goody-two-shoes character by playing the adventurous, off-beat high school senior, Sam, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower based off the novel by Stephen Chbosky. Sam and her step-brother Patrick (Ezra Miller) team up to give freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) the best school year of his life.

With solid, experienced actors, the movie follows the plot of the book accurately. This unique novel, written entirely through letters from Charlie to his friend, is completely through the eyes of Charlie. After reading the book and watching the movie, I feel that director Stephen Chbosky successfully transferred the plot of the book into a movie form.

All three characters have completely different lives, with one very similar problem -acceptance. Patrick, keeping his sexuality a secret for the benefit of his boyfriend and star quarterback Brad, Sam, rebuilding her life from her past mistakes and Charlie, just trying to fit in to a world he doesn’t understand, come together to make the perfect group of misfits. Living through the highs and lows of high school, Charlie, Sam and Patrick are like any other teenagers.

The movie is relatable, funny and pulls on your heart strings. From making you laugh out loud, to making you hold back tears, it definitely brings you on an emotional roller coaster. You fall in love with Sam, become best friends with Patrick, and realize you’re a lot more similar to Charlie than you would have thought.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the perfect movie for everybody, whether you’re having a carefree girls’ night out, or having a tough time and looking for a movie to relate to.