The film chronicles the entire freshman year of Charlie, an awkward high school student who has been dealing with issues from his past, issues that don’t get fleshed upon until the latter part of the film. He eventually strikes up a friendship with Patrick and Sam, who lets him in their world, to have him experience things that he couldn’t dream of due to his nature.
The film deals with a lot of issues, with all of those weighing down on how depressing this coming of age film is. Within the façade of the characters lies a heavy stream of baggage, and the storytelling reflects the way the characters handle their own stories. At the same time, Chbosky doesn’t leave out the light at the end of the tunnel; that dealing with their issues isn’t just a one-time thing, but something that the characters must choose to move forward from. I think the adaptation of the novel was very fleshed out because it was the novelist who penned and directed his own adaptation. It helps that he has the reins to pull how events would unfold that would optimally display how he wanted his work to be perceived, and in that sense, he succeeded. The book is easily beloved by many, and the film is evidence why. With that said, I do need to pick up the book again at some point.