The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by

Stephen Chbosky

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Charlie’s Sister’s Boyfriend Character Analysis

Charlie’s sister casually dates this boy from her school, whom Charlie describes as very nice and respectful. He wears his hair in a ponytail, and makes her hand-decorated mix tapes. One evening, however, he hits Charlie’s sister after she chastises him for not sticking up for himself more. Though they are eventually forbidden from dating once Bill tells Charlie’s parents about the abuse, they date in secret until Charlie’s sister accidentally becomes pregnant. Her boyfriend rejects responsibility and dumps her, leaving Charlie’s sister to arrange for an abortion in secret and by herself. This is yet another character in the novel who is seen by others as an upstanding young man but who handles conflict with violence and shirking of responsibility.
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Charlie’s Sister’s Boyfriend Character Timeline in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The timeline below shows where the character Charlie’s Sister’s Boyfriend appears in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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...hopes that this means he’ll eventually be good at dating. Charlie’s dad thinks his sister’s boyfriend is “soft” and suspects that’s why she is mean to him. (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 front of Charlie. Charlie... (full context)
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...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] deserve,”... (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 her “whole world.” Charlie’s... (full context)
Part 2 
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...have a “reputation” as a sophomore. He then asks her about dancing with the abusive boyfriend at homecoming, and after he promises not to tell anyone including Bill, his sister tells... (full context)