The Chocolate War, Review

20 Jul

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Plot: There is an unspoken order at Trinity School. Everyone knows The Vigils are behind that order – everyone (including faculty) does what The Vigils ask. When Jerry Renault refuses to sell chocolates as part of the annual school fundraiser, everyone is pretty certain The Vigils are behind it. But when the prank continues after the time period sanctioned by The Vigils, Jerry finds himself in the middle of the biggest controversy at Trinity School. Jerry contemplates “Do I dare disturb the universe?” and his answer is a resounding yes. This novel tells a dark tale of a private preparatory school: from its secret society, to its corrupt faculty, to questionable student behaviors. One boy’s simple refusal to sell chocolates upturns the entire campus, resulting in hate and violence. The Chocolate War is a frequently challenged book because of its mature themes, language, sexual references, and violence; however, it brings quite a bit of truth to the table and challenges its readers to think for themselves.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Lisa

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