Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Jerry Renault is having a tough time adjusting to the new school. His mom died from cancer and is trying to find his place now. He wonders if he should finally stand up for himself. When the chocolate fundraiser starts, he decides he does not want to sell anything. First the Vigils, the school’s secret society, decide to turn against him. Who will survive this one?

This is the second Cormier book that I have read. I can see why this could be a challenged book not only for how the secret society deals with stuff as well as the torture brought upon the students and teachers. His writing style is one I enjoyed. It has been awhile since I have read one of his books but I was a little disappointed.

Jerry was not a kid who just took things sitting down. He fought back for himself. Also with losing his mom, he had a tough time getting to know the kids. Making his dad proud was one of the top things he wanted to do. The secret society was not so secret. Everyone knew about it but did nothing to stop it. That bothered me to no end. Now mind you some of the assignments made for the boys to carry out were not harmful. But at the same time, some of them were down right mean. I could not believe some of the ideas that the boys came up with but then I am not a boy nor do I think like one.

It was an interesting read. Though I was not impressed with the book, I do intend to read more by this author. It opened my eyes to a lot of things that are dealt with in school systems. The book may have been written over 30 years ago, the ideas and themes are still relevant. I am hoping I will like the next book more but that is not a definite.
253 pages/Banned Book/Young Adult Fiction/ 3/5

Taking on more responsibilites at Coffee Time has cug my time of reading through my library and my stack of books. But I'll be okay. Just learn to take time for it all. :) lol I just started Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy.

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