Michael was Charlie’s best friend who committed suicide at the end of 8th grade. In the letter that begins the book, Charlie describes what is was like at school after everyone found out about Michael’s suicide, and the guidance counselors suggested that Michael had “problems at home.” Confronting the loss of his only friend prompts Charlie’s exploration of his own mental health and home life throughout the rest of the year.
Michael Character Timeline in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The timeline below shows where the character Michael appears in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...to after last spring, when he learned from the school loudspeaker that his best friend Michael had died by suicide. Charlie’s brother picked sobbing Charlie up from school and told him... (full context)
...the school guidance counselors, Charlie gets the sense that the counselors are all afraid that Michael’s friends will kill themselves, too. When asked what he thinks, Charlie says (through tears) that... (full context)
...for dinner sometime. Charlie writes that the last friend he had over for dinner was Michael, and they stayed up late walking around the neighborhood. His mom told him recently that... (full context)