Trebuie să recunosc că ceea ce mi-a plăcut cel mai mult la acest film a fost titlul. Am aflat ulterior că este titlul nuvelei scrise de Stephen Chbosky, după care a fost realizat filmul.
The perks of being a wallflower ilustrază frumos adolescența și prima dragoste. Și nu numai prima dragoste, ci poate prima scanare mai seriosă a propriului eu, în care ies la iveală toate focurile de artificii. Adolescenţa ne urmăreşte o viaţă, ne formeazăm dar lasă şi urme, regrete. Ne transformă din observatori în participanți la propria viaţă. Ne învăţă să alegem şi să „acceptăm dragostea aceluia pe care credem că îl merităm”.
How's your first relationship going?
It's so bad, that I keep fantasizing that one of us is dying of cancer, so that I don't have to break up with her.
I don't know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me. Even if you didn't know what I was talking about or know someone who has gone through it, you made me not feel alone. Because I know there are people who say all these things don't happen. And there are people who forget what it's like to be 16 when they turn 17. I know these will all be stories someday. And our pictures will become old photographs. We'll all become somebody's mom or dad. But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you're not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you're listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.