The counselor said that he suspected that Michael had 'problems at home' and didn't feel like he had anyone to talk to. That's maybe why he felt all alone and killed himself.
Then, I started screaming at the guidance counselor that Michael could have talked to me. And I started crying even harder. He tried to calm me down by saying that he meant an adult like a teacher or a guidance counselor. But it didn't work and eventually my brother came by the middle school in his Camaro to pick me up.
Cynical Randy: This is a trite coming-of-age high school novel, which is redundant because all coming-of-age novels are trite. Why does anyone bother reading this shit?
Sentimental Randy: Because it conveys a sense of the alienation coupled with the desire to belong that people who went to high school can relate to.
Cynical Randy: You are such a little bitch.
Sentimental Randy: And, Perks is noteworthy because the protagonist, Charlie, is an icon of sensitivity. He's sensitive to everything and everyone around him.
Cynical Randy: Is anyone still listening to this? This is a trashy high school novel published by MTV. It's about as literary as N'Sync. This is Catcher in the Rye Lite, 0 trans fat, 0 calories.
Sentimental Randy: But, it's not. It comes from a different place than Catcher; Holden is outwardly critical of everyone around him. Everyone's a phony, except him. Charlie's the opposite: he accepts everyone around him.
Cynical Randy: You're making stuff up. I'm calling shenanigans.
Sentimental Randy: Maybe I am. Probably. Maybe I just like this novel because I like it, and that's enough. In fact, that's definitely enough.
Writing this review made me feel infinite.