You know… a lot of kids at school hate their parents. Some of them got hit. And some of them got caught in the wrong lives. Some of them were trophies for their parents to show the neighbors like ribbons or gold stars. And some of them just wanted to drink in peace. For me personally, as much as I don’t understand my mom and dad and as much as I feel sorry for both of them sometimes, I can’t help but love them very much.
—  Charlie in ‘The Perks of Bring a Wallflower’, by Stephen Chbosky
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film genre meme: [2/5] coming of age » The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

“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 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  i n f i n i t e.”

I saw other people there. Old men sitting alone. Young girls with blue eye shadow and awkward jaws. Little kids who looked tired. Fathers in nice coats who looked even more tired. Kids working behind the counters of food places that looked like they hadn’t had the will to live for hours. The machines kept opening and closing. The people kept giving their money and getting their change. And it all felt very unsettling to me.
—  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky