The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Charlie’s Sister Character Analysis

Although they experience a distant relationship in the beginning of the novel, Charlie and his sister grow closer throughout the year. He initially describes her as pretty, smart, and mean to boys. Charlie’s sister indirectly introduces him to good music when she gives him an unwanted mixtape from her boyfriend. At points, she is at risk of repeating the patterns of the earlier generation—she finds herself in an abusive relationship like her aunt’s, and she accidentally becomes pregnant very young like her mother did. With Charlie’s help though, she finds an out to both of those otherwise life-changing situations. When Charlie drives her to her abortion, it marks a major turning point in their relationship. Her and Charlie’s evolving relationship shows that sharing secrets forges bonds, and that having supportive siblings can ease even the most difficult of circumstances.

Charlie’s Sister Quotes in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The The Perks of Being a Wallflower quotes below are all either spoken by Charlie’s Sister or refer to Charlie’s Sister. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Part 1 Quotes

Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.

Related Characters: Bill (speaker), Charlie, Charlie’s Sister
Page Number: 24
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Part 2  Quotes

Sometimes, I look at my parents now and wonder what happened to make them the way they are. And I wonder what will happen to my sister when her boyfriend graduates from law school. And what my brother’s face will look like on a football card, or what it will look like if it is never on a football card. My dad played college baseball for two years, but he had to stop when Mom got pregnant with my brother. That’s when he started working at the office.

Page Number: 52
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Just before she fell asleep, she said, "Well, if you're going to smoke, crack the window at least." Which made me start laughing again.

"Charlie, smoking. I can't believe it."

Which made me laugh harder, and I said, "I love you." And my sister said, "I love you, too. Just stop it with the laughing already."

Related Characters: Charlie (speaker), Charlie’s Sister
Page Number: 119-120
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Charlie’s Sister Character Timeline in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The timeline below shows where the character Charlie’s Sister appears in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
...child. His brother, who plays football for Penn State, is the oldest, and then his sister, who is “pretty and mean to boys,” is the middle child. His mom cries while... (full context)
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...admits he’s very emotional, and he feels isolated at school and at home since his sister doesn’t pay attention to him and his brother is away at college playing football. Because... (full context)
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...his family. His mom cried, his dad put his arm around his mom, and his sister smiled, even though she and her brother fight. Charlie admits that he misses his brother,... (full context)
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Charlie feels bad for the boys who like his sister, claiming that she’s mean to them. His sister receives mix tapes from one boy in... (full context)
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One night, Charlie’s sister is criticizing her boyfriend for not standing up for himself, and he hits her in... (full context)
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...prevents one from participating. After asking about his home life, Charlie tells Bill about Charlie’s sister’s boyfriend hitting her. Bill explains to Charlie that people “accept the love [they] think [they]... (full context)
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Charlie’s parents forbid his sister from seeing her boyfriend again, but she argues that she loves him and that he’s... (full context)
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...isn’t letting Him down. Then, Charlie transitions abruptly to describing his dad’s discussion with his sister’s boyfriend’s parents. Charlie asks his dad if he thinks the boyfriend’s parents hit him, and... (full context)
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...perform oral sex on him even though she was crying and repeatedly saying “no.” Charlie’s sister walked into the room and saw them and called Charlie a pervert for being in... (full context)
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...he saw Brad dancing with a girl who is his girlfriend. Charlie also saw his sister dancing with the boy she’s forbidden to see. After the dance, Patrick, Sam, and Charlie... (full context)
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Charlie asks his sister why Sam might feel better about herself because an older boy likes her, and his... (full context)
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...which was the day before. On his birthday, Charlie went shopping with his mom and sister and struggled to find a gift for his dad, which made him realize that he... (full context)
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At dinner on Christmas Eve, Charlie and his mom and sister wait for his dad to return home after picking up his brother. Charlie’s mom notices... (full context)
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...Christmas party, Charlie’s brother tells them about his girlfriend, a cheerleader and philosophy major. Charlie’s sister criticizes her brother for emphasizing her looks so much, and he tells her that she’s... (full context)
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...Charlie describes as “soft punches of encouragement administered to the knee, shoulder, and arm.” Charlie’s sister helps him fix his hair, which he apparently cut off in chunks during his foggy... (full context)
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...reader that he doesn’t know if he will ever be ready. Charlie also sees his sister fight with her boyfriend and leave. (full context)
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After the dance, Charlie finds his sister crying in the basement. He keeps asking her what’s wrong, but she tells him to... (full context)
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Charlie waits for his sister at the clinic and starts thinking about how she’ll look after she comes out. He... (full context)
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...“too late.” Patrick advises Charlie to stay away for a while. He writes that his sister has a new boyfriend now, and his brother and his girlfriend broke up when she... (full context)
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...way home, pretending his friends are with him. At home, he wants to join his sister and her new boyfriend while they watch a movie, but she says they want to... (full context)
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...fall: Patrick is going to University of Washington, Sam is going to Penn State, Charlie’s sister is going to Sarah Lawrence, and Mary Elizabeth is going to Berkeley. Seeing his friends... (full context)
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...day of school, Charlie feels happy for everyone he loves because they are happy. His sister even allows him to hug her in the hall. After school, Charlie, Sam, and Patrick... (full context)
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...nice everyone looked and how much fun they had there despite the bad music. Charlie’s sister and Patrick both told him that the school-organized after party was great and had a... (full context)
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...and thinks about how different everyone looks. That evening, Charlie’s brother comes home for his sister’s graduation. During dinner, Charlie mentions that the TV sports anchor complimented his brother and then... (full context)
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The next morning, Charlie’s family has a brunch to celebrate his sister’s graduation. Charlie’s grandfather immediately begins making racist comments as soon as they arrive at the... (full context)
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At her graduation party, Charlie’s sister opens her gifts. Her older brother promised to take her shopping for her college supplies,... (full context)