Monday, August 15, 2011

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Chocolate War is the story of a student that refuses to participate in a fundraiser at a Catholic Boys' high school in the 70s. Although this may seem like an innocent event, it is enough to send the school into uproar. It begins as an obligation given by a secret school society that practically runs the students as well as the teachers. Jerry Renault is assigned to decline involvement in the chocolate sale. This causes uncertainty and insecurity among everyone as Jerry won’t give a reason for his refusal to participate. The refusal takes a completely different course when Jerry's assignment is up and he still refuses to sell the chocolates. Jerry finds himself violently bullied and shunned and it all comes out in a dramatic fight in front of the whole school against the most sadistic student. The ending was amazing!!

5 Stars

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