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The Chocolate War

Obedience and Courage

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier, is a fiction story that was published in 2003. The book introduces the conflict that high schoolers face with each other at an all-boys religious school. The book draws comparisons between the boys that obey the assignments and the rules of The Virgins and Jerry, who didn’t want to “disturb the universe”.

The intended audience for the book is teenagers. The story is told by switching from the point of view of third person and first person. It is about how the leader of the mysterious Virgins,  assigned Jerry Renault an assignment for not selling the chocolate for ten days, but, Jerry kept refusing to complete the assignment. After this, a lot of people begun to disobey the assignments of the Virgins and not selling the chocolates anymore. At the end, Archie successfully encouraged people to take the chocolates and beat Renault up.

The author kept me interested by showing the readers both sides of the conflict. While reading the book, I reflected about my current school and how different it is from the trinity school. I  enjoyed reading  this book because I like how the characters revenge to each other. This is a new type of book for me to read.

If you like to read books about bullying, then this is a good place to start.


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