The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky This thing is the most overrated childish attempt at trying to cover every teen issue that exists. Charlie was either meant to be a complete idiot or a boy with a serious condition that caused him to be numb and have the mindset of a four year old when he was supposed to be going through high school. I don't personally know any high schoolers that are naive enough to recall a date rape and not know what the hell is going on, and I went to three different high schools in two different countries.