Monday, April 9, 2012

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

A classic young adult novel that many teens and their parents should read. From the very beginning, the very first sentence, captured my attention. 'They murdered him'. That's all it takes to grab my attention and my attention was grabbed and never released throughout the book. The main character, Jerry, is a hero in his own right because he stands up for himself and for those weaker than him. Coming from a background of attending a Catholic school, as is the setting for this book, I understood the monumental task of always selling things for the school and feeling like a door to door salesman. A great book that makes you root for the little guy and hate some the teachers (for real, these 'teachers' are awful and should be beat). The antagonist, Archie and his group of punks The Vigils, make you wonder where the parents are and why no one has ever disbanned this group before Jerry. The ending of this book brought me to tears because of the cruelty and the horribleness of what happens. The story really teaches you about sticking to your guns and not giving into peer pressure of a higher power (which is what The Vigils are considered). A great summer read for teens, especially any who attend a private school.
4 out of 5 stars.