Author: Robert Cormier
Publisher: Ember; 30 Anv Rep edition, 2004
ISBN 13: 978-0451465269
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
By Amanda Barber
“Jerry Renault ponders the question on the poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe? Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual Trinity school fund-raiser may not seem like a radical thing to do. But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all-out war. Now the only question is: Who will survive?”
The synopsis above does not do this book justice. The Chocolate War reminds me a bit of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. I picked up this book because it’s a book that is constantly banned. When I first read about this book, I was thinking more about a teen version of The Skulls (you know the movie with Paul Walker and Joshua Jackson). It wasn’t really like that at all. The secret society The Vigils only have a small part. It focuses more on one of their members and on his agenda. Then you have Jerry. I didn’t really connect with Jerry, maybe because I didn’t understand him. I actually didn’t like many characters of this book, except for maybe Goob–but he’s only in little parts here and there. Really, I shouldn’t like this book at all–but I did. There’s just something about it that pulls you in. I can’t really explain it better than that. I’m definitely going to be grabbing Beyond the Chocolate War though as the end of The Chocolate War doesn’t give you a real ending. It’s not a cliff hanger, but it leaves you with the knowledge that it isn’t over yet.
About the Author
Robert Cormier was born and lived in Leominster, Massachusets. He grew up there, went to school there, courted and married there, and raised four children in the house where he and his wife, Connie, lived. “I never intend to live anywhere else,” he once said.” There are lots of untold stories right here on Main Street.” He passed away on November 2, 2000. | Interview on IPL
Text © 2014 Amanda Barber
Re-print © 2014 The Black Lion Journal
Re-printed with permission.
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