We haven't read 'Wallflower' in awhile, but we remember two things about it: 1. There was lots of crying on the part of the main character, Charlie, and 2. It was really, really good. Lerman will play 15-year-old Charlie, a naive outsider who's stuck in that time between being a kid and learning to become an adult. Naturally there's tons of romantic awkwardness (cue Watson) and some pretty heavy emotional heartache to overcome (Charlie must deal with the suicide of his best friend throughout), but author Stephen Chbosky -- who's been tasked with writing and directing the film -- pulls it all off beautifully.
Funny, touching, sincere and ridiculously heartfelt, 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' could come along at a time when our coming-of-age movies are lacking truthfulness and emotional endurance. Seeing as Summit put Chbosky in charge of the whole bag of worms, we feel secure in him delivering an adaptation that lives up to the book, which, at 213 pages, should be easier to adapt than one of those monster 700-page epics.
Are you a fan of the book? What do you hope to see with the movie?