The perks of being a wallflower
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It turns out that being a wallflower isn't such a bad thing. Patrick sums up Charlie's wallflower-like nature by saying, "You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand." Staying quiet and simply observing the absurdity that is high school allows a "wallflower" to navigate through this brutal social labyrinth without getting too caught up in the insanity.