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High school is a social hierarchy everyone is placed and labeled amongst it The popular kids are at the top whereas the nerds are at the bottom of the pyramid It is those first few steps an individual takes in high school that introduces them to many new things The more one learns and moves on the more one can grow as an individual They say high school will be the best four years of a teenagers life but for some it may be the worst Stephen Chboskys Perks of Being a Wallflower and Laurie Halse Andersons Speak are both centred around teenagers entering high school as freshmen Both Charlie Perks of Being a Wallflower and Melinda Speak face many different challenges throughout their grade nine year as they are introduced to alcohol drugs sex love and more As their year comes to an end one can see that they have gained new knowledge of what kids do as they grow up and that they both have also built character Although Charlie and Melinda are very different externally their similar values connect them as they both learn to grow up by facing the same problems with abuse friends and familyOne of the worst feelings an individual can go through is being abused whether it is sexual physical or verbal Moreover it hurts even more when it is done by the one they thought they loved or can trust In Stephen Chboskys Perks of Being a Wallflower Charlie is the main protagonist who is also a victim and a witness of a series of abuses He has been molested by one of his family members that he was closest to his aunt Helen Charlie has repressed this memory throughout the entire novel until the very end where it all comes out Before Charlie lets out what happened between him and Aunt Helen he has been a witness of both physical and verbal abuse Charlie witnesss
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