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by Robert Cormier
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Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 2 years ago
Genre: School / Conformity / ControversialYear Published: 1974Number of Pages: 272 pagesDate Read: 8/30/2010 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Series: The Chocolate War #1 When I started reading this book, I was wondering to myself about why this book was banned in so many schools. Now, I kno...
Bookworm Blurbs
Bookworm Blurbs rated it 4 years ago
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 int...
kvela rated it 4 years ago
The chocolate war is one of the most banned books among school libraries. However the book's themes, plot, and insight to the teenage boys' psyche is what has made this book relevant among young adult readers for almost 40 years. Freshman Jerry Renault has accepted his first assignment as part of t...
Her Fine Eyes
Her Fine Eyes rated it 5 years ago
***Note: this review assumes that you've read the book.*** One-sentence summary: Cormier himself wrote my one-sentence summary when he was asked whether the book sends the depressing message that even savvy teens can't outwit the system and he said, "They can buck it, but they can't beat it. The t...
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense rated it 5 years ago
Short version: Lord of the Flies at Catholic school, done by a master.Longer version: I really wish I had gotten to read this in high school. I didn't go to a Catholic school, but I did go to "catechism" every Wednesday at the local church school, and I also lived in the author's conservative Massac...
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it 5 years ago
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'd almost consider it a classic.
Jenny's Book Bag
Jenny's Book Bag rated it 5 years ago
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'd almost consider it a classic.
Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author
As much as I enjoyed this tale about a young man who stands up to the hazing in his private school, I found myself wondering if the book is outdated.The Chocolate War came out in the early 1970's during a time when the Hippie culture was gaining momentum and many young people were questioning mainst...
Boxes of Paper
Boxes of Paper rated it 6 years ago
Like Dead Poets Society, only without the great teacher and with a lot more masturbation.Actually, it's more Dead Poets Society meets Lord of the Flies.Selling chocolates is a yearly tradition at Trinity, a private Catholic boys' school. This year, the pressure is on, with twice as many boxes selli...
Scribbling rated it 6 years ago
No. Just no. It's like Cormier decided to rewrite Lord of the Flies without any believable character or even believable setting. I get it, social apathy is a thing. We get a much better picture of that in Fight Club. But you're telling me that in four hundred plus people, for as long as this runs, n...
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