The main characters in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" are Charlie, Sam, Patrick, Mary Elizabeth and Bill – Mr. Anderson in the movie adaptation. Charlie is the focal point and protagonist in the story.
The story is driven by the letters that Charlie writes to an unidentified friend, detailing the experiences in his everyday life. Sam and Patrick are step-siblings and friends of Charlie, while Bill is Charlie's English teacher.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was witten by Stephen Chbosky. It was originally published on February 9, 1999, and was banned in some American schools due to its racy content. The novel was adapted to film, with Chbosky as director, in 2012.