Charlie (Logan Lerman) with Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) in a scene from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” PHOTO/COURTESY OF SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT

By Alex Anderson
American School of Correspondence

1. It’s a romance, comedy and drama all rolled into one. You want to laugh and cry—all at the same time.

2. It’s so 100 percent relatable. In every scene, you’ll sit there nodding your head because you’ve had the experience too. You just want to shout out, “OMG, me too!”

3. It takes on heavy topics and translates them into a lighthearted way so you’re not overwhelmed, just touched.

4. It makes you feel like you’re not alone. Someone out there has the same triumphs and setbacks. It makes you wish the characters would come to life.

5. Three actors play the main characters so well that I want pull them out of the screen and call them my friends.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” opens in Chicago on Friday, Sept. 28.

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