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This is a guest post by Lea Uthe.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming of age story centered on Charlie, played by Logan Lerman, an awkwardly shy high school freshman trying to find his place and dealing with a lot of emotional trauma. He is welcomed “to the island of misfit toys” by Sam, played by Emma Watson, and her stepbrother Patrick, Ezra Miller, two seniors who, through the course of the movie, help Charlie embrace his inner self.

I first watched this movie on a trans-Atlantic flight from Dublin to New York on my way home from spring break. I had heard about the movie and was interested in watching it, but only to see Emma Watson, who can do no wrong in my book. As a girl who prefers action/adventure and sci-fi/fantasy films to romance and drama, I was bracing myself for disappointment. I was happily un-disappointed.

The cast is made up of some wonderful young actors. I watched Watson grow up on screen as Hermione Granger, but I never thought of her as Hermione when I watched “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Lerman I had seen in the “Percy Jackson” movie, and like Watson, he made me forget about his previous role. But, for me, Ezra Miller stole the show. Patrick had the best lines and Miller’s performance was so spot-on and it was easy for me to connect to him.

The movie was amazing. As someone who hasn’t read the book, the plot twists made me gasp and I even shed a few tears at the end. It made my flight seem so much shorter and I recommend everyone see it at least once. As for me, I plan on buying it when I have the money to spare.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is available on DVD and Blu-Ray now.