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Cormier is most famous for this novel and another called I Am the Cheese. Mmm, chocolate and cheese… tasty.
As Jerry quickly learns, Trinity is a dangerous place. Trinity is especially dangerous for Jerry when he just says "No"… to selling chocolates for the school. With this book, he really found his audience, and went on to publish over a dozen young adult books.
His dark portrayals of teen life get lots of love from critics, teachers, and teens alike. Of course, not everybody is a fan.
The Chocolate War is one of the most frequently banned books in recent history. It still comes under fire for "adult" language, frequent sexual references, and violence… just like our favorite videogames. People also trash-talk it because they think it gives Catholic school, and school in general, a bad rap.
Cormier got kind of tired of defending the book, but he continued to do so throughout his life.
To create the novel, Cormier drew on his own high school experiences in Leominster, Massachusetts, where he lived all his life. Apparently, he remembered his days of teen angst well. We caught him bragging in an interview. In case he forgot, his son, Peter, could remind him.
In fact, the direct inspiration for the novel came from Peter, who refused to participate in a candy sale at his Catholic high school.
So, does Cormier really get teens?
Do his characters talk in a believable way, like he argued? Is high school really this bad? Check out the book, and see what you think. Leave them kids alone!
We think Jerry our hero and the guys at Trinity high school might have liked it. Which brings us to why you might care about The Chocolate War. According to this novel, it teaches things like how to use violence, intimidation, and manipulation. It turns kids against each other and creates a really sick overall environment.
But, you probably already knew that. The novel leaves it to us, the readers, to decide whether taking a stand is worth it.
So if you are looking for a book that will make you think, and which realistically looks at how hard it can be to change a corrupt system, this will probably be right up your alley.This essay delves deeply into the origins of the Vietnam War, critiques U.S.
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